Congratulations on expanding your family! Utilize these resources to help transition back to campus.
Health Promotion and Wellness is working with Facilities Planning and Design to identify lactation rooms in various areas on campus. Lactation spaces are accessible and comfortable places for employees, students, and visitors to privately express breast milk for their infants. The follow spaces are available:
Support for Nursing Mothers: Breastfeeding 101
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in 186 McCormick Hall
Support for Nursing Mothers: Returning to Work or School
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in 186 McCormick Hall.
Health Promotion and Wellness also has a special Welcome Baby gift for expectant/new parents. Stop by McCormick 187 during office hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to pick one up. Welcome Baby gifts can also be delivered on campus. Please call (309) 438-9355 for more information.
Support for Nursing Mothers sessions discuss Illinois breastfeeding laws, Illinois State University policy, and explore how to successfully return to campus as a breastfeeding mom. There is no charge for these sessions and they're open to ISU faculty, staff, spouses/partners, and students. Facilitated by Trish Wierenga, a certified lactation consultant.
Join pregnant, new, and seasoned mothers and their babies for a time of support and community. Trish Wierenga, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC will attend this hour long gathering to talk with mothers about how their breastfeeding is going, answer questions, and provide basic lactation consulting advice appropriate for the group setting. Mothers may weigh their babies and do weighted feedings during this hour. If further support is needed, a plan can be discussed. Join us to share tips, ask questions, and lend support in a confidential environment. Lunch is not provided, but feel free to bring yours with you! Chat n Chews are held on the same days as the above Support for Nursing Mothers sessions.
Note: If you are a working father and are interested in a similar program, please email Wellness@IllinoisState.edu.