Carnegie Mellon University

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August 11, 2022

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Carnegie Mellon University recognizes the importance and benefits of providing breast milk for infants. As part of its commitment to providing a family-friendly work environment, the university has made special accommodations to support families as they work to provide milk for their children.

Whether you are on campus or at home, Carnegie Mellon's award-winning lactation support program is designed to ensure parents have the time and resources they need. To celebrate this month, OHR wants to remind you of several key resources to support your breastfeeding needs:

  • Lactation rooms provide a private space for those who need to express milk while on the university's campus and office building. On our website, you can view available lactation rooms and request access to lactation rooms.
  • The Lactation Support Policy [pdf] provides guidance on lactation breaks, lactation rooms, and roles and responsibilities based on current recommendations from the Affordable Care Act.

OHR has several additional resources available to support your other family care needs:

  • Family Care Concierge Service: Through the concierge service, any CMU-affiliated family can get personalized, one-on-one assistance on dependent care related topics, including child care and elder care. The concierge specialists can provide a list of child care providers that meet your family’s needs, and share resources for in-home care and shared care arrangements. Simply email with the details of your request or needs, and a family care concierge specialist will find programs, resources and organizations that can support your family.
  • Care@Work: Eligible CMU faculty, staff and graduate students can access a free premium membership for Use this membership to find a nanny, form a learning pod, find elder care, find help with housekeeping, and even access 15 emergency backup care days.
  • CareLink: This online marketplace allows members of the CMU community to both post jobs and look for jobs. For parents, this can mean finding a babysitter or nanny, joining a learning pod or connecting with virtual tutors to provide some added enrichment.
Please check out our Family Care Initiatives flyer [pdf] for a quick overview on all of our services.