BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University recently opened a new Lactation Lounge in its Plemmons Student Union to provide support to mothers in the Appalachian Community. This designated space for breastfeeding and/or expressing milk is available to faculty, staff, students and campus visitors during the facility’s normal operating hours.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 80% of new mothers in the U.S. breastfeed, and the U.S. Census Bureau reports that six out of every 10 new mothers are in the workforce.
Appalachian staff conducted extensive research on best practices for lactation suites, including seating, lighting, temperature control, décor and spaces for breastmilk storage and equipment sterilization.
The Lactation Lounge offers the following:
- A keycode access door.
- Three private lactation nooks each with a chair, foot stool, table, dimmable lamp, sound machine and an electrical outlet with USB ports for charging cell phones and other electronics.
- A common area with a sink, drying rack, microwave, refrigerator, full-length mirror and lockers for storing personal items.
- Two zones of lighting: one above the common area and one above the lactation nooks for optimal aesthetics.
Additionally, users may reserve lockers and combination lock storage baskets in the refrigerator for regular or one-time use.
Appalachian also provides a Mother’s Lounge on the fourth floor of its Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, which features a changing table, refrigerator, mirror, chair, foot stool and side table.
The Lactation Lounge is located in Room 219E of the union. To use the space, visit the Plemmons Student Union Information Desk or call 828-262-3030.
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As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.