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Memorial University of Newfoundland

  Memorial University of Newfoundland

Supporting and Accommodating Breastfeeding

Approval Date: 2008-03-25

Effective Date: 2008-06-01

Review Date: 2020-03-25


Vice-President (Academic) and the Director of Human Resources.


Memorial University recognizes the importance of creating a family-friendly environment for students, employees, and the community at large. An environment that is friendly to and supportive of breastfeeding mothers is an important component of a family-friendly environment. In this regard, the University aims to provide a supportive and flexible environment for breastfeeding employees and students as they transition back to study or work.


To outline the conditions that apply to supporting and accommodating breastfeeding at Memorial University.


Employees, students, and guests of the University in all departments and locations.


The needs of breastfeeding mothers vary among each other and change over time. Therefore, creative approaches are employed to meet the provisions outlined in this policy.

1.0 The University takes reasonable measures to accommodate employees and students who wish to breastfeed or express breastmilk in the workplace, or while attending university.

2.0 Quiet breastfeeding infants and young children are welcome in lecture theatres, public spaces, seminar rooms etc; however, infants and young children are not permitted in laboratories or other settings where potential health and safety issues and hazards may be of concern.

3.0 Breastfeeding mothers must be considerate of the impact of infants and young children on the work/study environment of colleagues and fellow students.

4.0 The University provides the following specific facilities and support:

4.1 Time for Lactation breaks:

The University is committed to providing flexibility for employees to take lactation breaks during their workday. One or more 30-minute unpaid breaks in an eight-hour period, in addition to normal breaks, are recommended.

4.2 Space

The University gives consideration to the needs of breastfeeding mothers and families with young children in the design and allocation of new university buildings, and in the remodeling of existing buildings (e.g., family-friendly washrooms and access to private space for breastfeeding or care of young children). Breastfeeding women are reasonably accommodated by having access to the following:

For students' breastfeeding:

4.3 Support:

Related Documents

La Leche League Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador
Breastfeeding Support - Eastern Health
Breastfeeding Support - Western Health


For inquiries related to this policy:

Vice-President (Academic) 864-8246 or Department of Human Resources 864-4615

Sponsor: Vice-President (Administration & Finance)

Category: Human Rights

Procedure for Accommodating Breastfeeding

Approval Date: 2008-03-25

Responsible Unit: Department of Human Resources


1.0 The employee or student should discuss plans for returning to work or school with her immediate supervisor or unit head so that practical, appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

2.0 The employee and her immediate supervisor or unit head should discuss in advance how lactation breaks can be arranged to the satisfaction of the employee and the ongoing operations within the unit/department.

3.0 Individuals in charge of venues where there is a safety or health risk to the breastfeeding mother and infant are responsible for posting the appropriate notice and informing their supervisors of the action.