Breastfeeding at MSU and On-Campus Lactation Rooms
Montana State University supports the practice of breastfeeding, accommodates breastfeeding needs of employees and students, and provides facilities for breastfeeding or the expression of milk. For procedural information, consult MSU’s Policies and Procedures manual.
- MSU Breastfeeding Policy
- The Montana State University follows and supports the guidelines established under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires employers to provide: “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”
- ”Employers are not required under the FLSA to compensate nursing mothers for breaks taken for the purpose of expressing milk. However, where employers already provide compensated breaks, an employee who uses that break time to express milk must be compensated in the same way that other employees are compensated for break time.”
- For further clarification, please review the Break Time for Nursing Mothers FAQs or contact your HR Business Partners.
The Family Care Rooms are a dedicated space for breastfeeding or pumping women on campus, and often includes a sink, comfy chair, changing table, resource information, microwave, and a growing library on parenting topics. These rooms provide a family friendly environment for lactation needs, infant feeding, diaper changing and lounge for soothing and are available for use by faculty, staff and students.
Family Care Rooms are located in:
- American Indian Hall, 1st floor
- Barnard, 3rd floor, room 386
- Hamilton Hall, 1st floor, room 123
- Jabs Hall, 4th floor, room 440
- Leon Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor
- Nopper Building (HR), 1st floor
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, 2nd floor
- Reid Hall, 3rd floor, room 316
- Romney Hall, 3rd floor
- Strand Union Building, 1st Floor, right across from the MSU Bookstore
Using the international symbol for breastfeeding is one way for nursing mothers on campus to communicate to those around them the need for privacy while nursing or expressing milk.
Parking spaces nearby are reserved for those utilizing campus family care rooms. Please contact the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer for more information about getting a “stork pass” to use those parking spaces.”
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Information about the federal guidelines surrounding lactation in the workplace through the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Breastfeeding Information and Resources
Visit this site to learn more about breastfeeding and to get how-to information and support for breastfeeding successfully.
- The National Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-800-994-9662
Talk with trained breastfeeding peer counselors who can help answer common breastfeeding questions in English or Spanish.
- Breastfeeding, American Academy of Pediatrics
- La Leche League International
Information, education, support, and encouragement for women who want to breastfeed.