Countless international students bring their families to other countries while they complete their studies, but sadly for mothers breastfeeding is still taboo in many places.
Not at Southern Connecticut State University in the US city of New Haven, where the college management is endeavoring to create a campus where breastfeeding mothers feel “seen, understood and valued”, reported The Washington Post.
The university’s Director of the Office of Faculty Development Michele Vancour has initiated a public dialogue on what supports are needed for mothers. “Without supportive environments, it’s impossible for moms to succeed in meeting their personal goals for breast-feeding,” she said as quoted by the Post.
“We want students and employees to have equal access to lactation supports on campus so they can achieve their academic and breast-feeding goals, rather than having to choose one over the other.”
“It’s an empowerment issue; a way to say we want moms to have a life, work and go to school and do stuff, and they shouldn’t have to stay at home,” said Chandra Kelsey, Co-chairwoman of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition as quoted by the New Haven Register.
Southern has already found 50 “breastfeeding champions” who will assist those in need to find a safe and private space to breastfeed or pump.
“Our champions not only support breastfeeding, but know where spaces are or who to refer people to,” added Vancour.
“The coalition is hoping other colleges and universities in the state are going to follow our lead and become breastfeeding-friendly campuses as well.”