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Nursing/Breastfeeding

Several federal and state laws protect parents who need to nurse/breastfeed. The Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has a need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

Wis. Stat. § 944.17(3), § 944.20(2) and § 948.10(2)(b) provide that breastfeeding individuals are not in violation of criminal statutes of indecent or obscene exposure.

Wis. Stat. § 253.165 provides that an individual may breastfeed their child in any public or private location where the nursing individual and child are otherwise authorized to be. The law specifies that in such a location, no person may prohibit an individual from breastfeeding their child, direct the individual to move to a different location to breastfeed their child, direct an individual to cover their child or breast while breastfeeding, or otherwise restrict the individual from breastfeeding their child.

Additionally, Title IX protects students who are parents and may need to nurse. For more information visit the Title IX Resources for Parenting or Pregnant Individuals.

UW-Stevens Point has designated nursing/lactation spaces on all three of the primary campuses. An employee may also use their office if that space if they are able and prefer. A department may need to make modifications to create a space that is adequate. Contact HR for guidance on modifications or accommodations.

Marshfield Campus:
  • WW Clark Administration Building - Room 105

Stevens Point Campus:

  • Albertson Hall (ALB) - Room, 222
  • Chemistry/Biology Building (CBB) - Room 119
  • College of Professional Studies (CPS) - Room 238A
  • Collins Classroom Center (CCC) - Room 222
    • Obtain the key from the Dean's Office in the CBB
  • DeBot Dining Center - Room 052A
  • Dreyfus University Center (DUC) - Room 222A

Wausau Campus:
  • Main Academic Building - Room 328

Department of Labor: Break time for nursing mothers

Additional Resources:

UWSP School of Health and Wellness - Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Resources Assistance (BRA) - Portage County 
The Breastfeeding Resources Assistance (BRA) program helps reduce the strain on budgets by providing breastfeeding supplies to women with low incomes.

Breastfeeding Support - Marathon County

Breastfeeding Services - Wood County 
The Wood County Health Department provides breastfeeding education, support, and resources to all breastfeeding mothers regardless of income, age, or race.

Pregnant or Parenting Individuals

Several laws protect parenting or pregnant employees and students.

Employees: Visit the Family Medical Leave page regarding leave-related information.

Students: Visit the Title IX Pregnant or Parenting Individuals page regarding academic and non-academic resources.

Additional Resources:

Breastfeeding Resources Assistance (BRA) - Portage County 
The Breastfeeding Resources Assistance (BRA) program helps reduce the strain on budgets by providing breastfeeding supplies to women with low incomes.

Breastfeeding Support - Marathon County

Breastfeeding Services - Wood County 
The Wood County Health Department provides breastfeeding education, support, and resources to all breastfeeding mothers regardless of income, age, or race.

Childcare Information - Wisconsin Department of Children and Families 
The vision of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is that all children have access to high-quality early care and education. 

Childcare On-campus - The Helen R. Godfrey University Child Learning and Care Center
UCLCC provides convenient child care services at a reasonable cost to UW-Stevens Point students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members.  UCLCC is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and rated a 5-star provider by YoungStar, Wisconsin's quality rating program.

Human Resources at UW-Stevens Point
If you are a student or full-time employee of UW-Stevens Point, our Human Resources team can guide you through pregnancy and/or parenting as it is connected to your employment at the university.

Pregnancy - Start Right - Marathon County 
Start Right provides education, support, and resources to help families in Marathon County raise healthy, school-ready kids. From pregnancy through age 5, personal home visits to Family Resource Center visits, Start Right provides the support that parents need to become their children’s first teachers.

Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC) - Portage County 
PNCC is a Medicaid benefit that helps pregnant women get the support and services they need to have a healthy baby. 

The Pregnant Scholar
An online collection of information about Title IX and pregnant/parenting.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program 
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC, is a nutrition program for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, and families with children younger than 5. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods, and connections to other community services. Wisconsin families want to raise strong and healthy kids and WIC is here to help.

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