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Johns Hopkins Expands Breastfeeding Support Program

Johns Hopkins recognizes the positive benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. Responding to the increasing number of women in the workforce with children under the age of three, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement is expanding the breastfeeding support program available to all full-time employees of the Johns Hopkins Institutions. Women choosing to breastfeed after returning to work can register to use Mother’s Rooms across campuses and find resources and support at www.hopkinsworklife.org/breastfeeding .

Private, clean breastfeeding rooms throughout Johns Hopkins campuses, some equipped with hospital-grade breast pumps are offered support in the program. (Free breast pump collection kits are available to employees earning less than $40,000 per year.)

The JH Breastfeeding Support Program offers:

  1. Breastfeeding Support Coordinator who:
    • Guides mothers on breastfeeding after returning to work
    • Provides referrals, information, and resources
    • Oversees program success
  2. Breastfeeding classes and online resources for mothers and managers
  3. E-list that provides information on upcoming breastfeeding classes, the addition of Mother’s Rooms, and other program changes and enhancements, and that allows members to ask questions and provide support to one another.

For more information about breastfeeding after returning to work, legislation that protects women who choose to breastfeed, and strategies managers and co-workers can use to support a colleague who breastfeeds, visit www.hopkinsworklife.org/breastfeeding or contact Meg Stoltzfus, LifeSpan Services Manager at mstoltz1@jhu.edu or 443-997-7000.

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