Normalizing Breastfeeding at CSUN and Beyond
Breastfeeding significantly improves health outcomes of the breastfeeding mother and her baby. Breastfeeding provides the most health benefits to the breastfed child and breastfeeding mother when it is given exclusively for the first six months of the baby’s life and continued along with other complementary foods for at least the first year of the infant life. Unfortunately, only 18% of US infants are exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and only 27% of US infants are breastfed for the first year of their life.
Many barriers currently exist preventing women from being able to provide their infants with recommended amounts of breastmilk. Aiming to tackle some of these barriers, faculty, staff and students at CSUN are engaged in a variety of activities focused on tackling barriers preventing women from reaching their breastfeeding goals. CSUN faculty, staff and students current work towards normalizing breastfeeding on campus, the local community and beyond, includes:
Offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to take a course in lactation education thereby:
- Providing future parents with accurate knowledge about breastfeeding; and
- Training future healthcare professionals by providing them with the knowledge and skills to integrate lactation education into their future healthcare profession
Creating On-Campus Lactation Accommodations thereby:
- Providing students and staff with support to continue breastfeeding when they return to work and/or go to school at CSUN.
- Helping staff return to work successfully and combine breastfeeding and working.
Arranging space for an On Site WIC Program thereby:
- Providing pregnant and breastfeeding students with the education and support they need to reach their breastfeeding goals.
CSUN on campus Lactation Spaces: