Oak Point University is a breastfeeding-friendly university community. This means that we are committed to educating the learning community about the importance of mother’s milk for the health of the infant; providing policy to communicate rights and responsibilities of the breastfeeding mother and the university community, and supporting and empowering the new mother to meet her lactation goals while she is at work or school.
The return to work or school is often a barrier to new mothers continuing to produce milk for their infants. Family-friendly initiatives are becoming the norm for students and employees around the country. With overwhelming evidence of the importance of breast milk for both babies and mothers, Oak Point supports breastfeeding because it promotes public health and a healthy university community.
- The World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Surgeon General recommend only breastmilk for the first six months, and breastmilk with other food and fluidsthrough the first year or longer.
- Breastmilk is the optimal food for an infant. It is a type of “medicine” which offers protection against many illness and chronic diseases such as ear infections, intestinal illnesses, diabetes and obesity.
- The health benefits for mothers include protection against breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Oak Point Lactation Support Policy
The Oak Point Lactation Support Policy is a statement of institutional support for the mother who needs to express milk for her baby. For more information about the rights and responsibilities of the nursing mother and the University, please view the Lactation Support Policy 2017.
Oak Point Resources for Pregnant or Nursing Mothers
If you are a pregnant or nursing mother and you’d like more information on breastfeeding resources at the University or access to the lactation room, please contact:
The Office of Student & Employee Affairs
Brian Bollenbacher, Vice President of Student and Employee Affairs