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New Lactation Center Opens

A new lactation center opened Jan. 8 at the NIH campus near Poolesville. It was developed to meet the needs of nursing moms at the NIH Animal Center.

The NIH Lactation Program is a free service offered by the Work and Family Life Center to all employees. It is designed to help ease the transition back to work for women who are breastfeeding their babies. Services available through the program include: prenatal breastfeeding education classes; telephone support while on leave after the birth of a child; consultation about return-to-work issues; and lactation rooms.

With the addition of the new space, there are now 12 lactation centers on and off campus. They include Bldgs. 10, 31, 37, 38, 45, 49, Rockledge II, the Neuroscience Research Center at 6001 Executive Blvd., EPS/EPN, 301 Stonestreet, and on the Frederick campus. Each NIH lactation room is a clean, secure, private room equipped with table, chair and a fully automatic electric breast pump. Employees can either bring their own pump, or buy an adapter kit to use the NIH-provided pump. Use of the room is reserved in advance through one of the NIH on-site lactation consultants. Women who choose not to use the lactation rooms are still eligible to sign up for classes, phone support and consultation services. The ideal time to register for the program is in the third trimester of pregnancy.

The Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development provided resources for the new center.

To enroll in the NIH Lactation Program, register for prenatal education classes, or get more information, go to http://lactation.od.nih.gov/, or contact one of the lactation consultants, Jane Balkam or Colleen Prorok by phone 435-7850 or email (balkamj@od.nih.gov) and (prorokc@od.nih.gov).


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