Campus climate: Knowledge and attitudes about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support

Janis Henderson, Jennifer K. Chapman, Shera Thomas-Jackson, Lauren Kelly, Miriam Mulsow

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A return to work and school presents mothers with barriers to breastfeeding. Concerns include negative attitudes toward breastfeeding, scheduling and break-time, and appropriate, private space. Current federal laws require worksite support and provision of adequate accommodations for lactation purposes, as do some state laws. An evaluation of faculty, staff, and students (N = 510) at a large public university, assessed breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and support following the implementation of new mother-friendly policies and lactation rooms. Additionally, awareness of the lactation rooms and university policies were assessed. Overall, the university climate reflected high breastfeeding knowledge and positive attitudes. Employees had higher awareness of the new lactation facilities and university policies than did students. Implementation limitations were a need for education and awareness efforts targeted to students. Future directions for worksites and schools are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-168
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Lactation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017


  • Faculty
  • Lactation
  • Students
  • University


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