Lactation Space on the Auraria Campus

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Posted Tue, Mar 19, 2013

The "Breastfeeding Café" takes places on first Mondays in the lactation space at the Institute for Women's Studies, located in the 9th Street Park.  [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]

The “Breastfeeding Café” takes places on first Mondays in the lactation space at the Institute for Women’s Studies, located in the 9th Street Park. [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]


DENVER — The Auraria Campus is now providing a Breastfeeding Café for individuals on campus who are interested in meeting other moms who breastfeed, are pregnant or are considering pumping. This service will be provided starting in March on the first Thursdays of the every month until May sponsored by the Institute For Women’s Studies and Services.

Aisha Jackson, a junior at the University of Colorado at Denver, says she recognizes the Café’s importance to Auraria parents.
“It’s good for those who are single family mothers, to have a place where their children can come, while they can come to school,” Jackson says.

The Auraria Campus has the largest student body in Colorado. It houses the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and the University of Colorado at Denver (CU Denver). It is a commuter campus, which makes it convenient for non-traditional students to finish their education and still be able to work full-time.

The "Breastfeeding Café" takes places on first Mondays in the lactation space at the Institute for Women's Studies, located in the 9th Street Park.  [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]

The lactation space at the Institute for Women’s Studies is one of several located on the Auraria Camus. [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]

Jackson was not aware about the Breastfeeding Café or Lactation rooms and is not bothered by students’ breastfeeding on campus as long as it’s not done in public.

“I think it’s not appropriate to breastfeed in public because it’s a privacy issue,” Jackson says. “For me I wouldn’t do it,” she says. “I guess woman that are comfortable with it then they will, but at least if you’re going to, cover yourself with a blanket or something.”

Across campus, Carrie Hankins, programming and events coordinator at the Institute For Women’s Studies and Services is not sure how many people will attend the Breastfeeding Café.

“We hope several but we’ll see,” Hankins says. “This is very experimental; we felt that it would be ideal to provide a space. Either what we’ve heard and hear stories about students who are pumping in bathrooms or in their car. We want to provide a space where they can come and ask questions.”

Hankins was also a breastfeeding and pumping mother and wants to encourage support of them on campus. The Breastfeeding Café was brought to the attention of the institute by a series of events and stories and frustrations from students.

All three lactation spaces provide a clean and comfortable setting for nursing mothers to nurse or pump.  [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]

All three lactation spaces provide a clean and comfortable setting for nursing mothers to nurse or pump. [Photo by Melanie J. Rice]

“We really want to start promote some awareness that they are available because the thought of pumping breast milk in a bathroom is sort of horrifying,” Hankins says.

IF YOU GO:
The Breastfeeding Café happens first Thursday from 10 a.m. – noon (3/7, 4/4, 5/2) There are two lactation rooms on the Auraria Campus that is tri-institutional, the Institute For Women’s Studies and Services and the Science Building. The Student Success building also provides a space that can be checked out to students by the MSU Denver Human Resources Department.

One Response to “Lactation Space on the Auraria Campus”

  1. S.L. Alderton Says:

    Well, this is good to know.

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