Lactation Project

A Clean and Private Facility for Mothers to Breastfeed

The Lactation Project is a room designed to provide a clean, private and comfortable facility for lactating mothers who want to continue breast feeding while at the college, or to express their milk.

The room is available on the Rocklin campus when campus is open. It is available on a first come, first serve basis. It is a dedicated space exclusively for breastfeeding women—faculty, staff, and students of Sierra College.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding can be vast. Mothers who breastfeed are expected a more speedy recovery from pregnancy and childbirth and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. They have reduced risks of ovarian and breast cancer and fewer numbers of hip fractures due to osteoporosis. Children who are breastfed incur fewer common infections such as diarrhea, ear infections and respiratory tract infections. They are less likely to suffer from allergies, asthma, diabetes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This not only benefits the mother and baby but the reduced healthcare costs, benefits the community as well. It is recognized as the preferred method of infant feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Diabetic Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Public Health Association and the Healthy Babies Coalition.

Title IX Guarantees Rights to Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy, parenting, and all related conditions. Title IX argues that pregnant and parenting students have the right to continue their education. And while Title IX does not mandate a designated room for breastfeeding, it is fair to argue that having one aids parenting students in staying in school. For more on Title IX and Pregnant and Parenting Students, read:

California Law Mandates a Facility

Because of the overwhelming evidence in support of breastfeeding, California is one of the first states to enact official legislation (Assembly Bill 1025, 2001). Currently, all employers are mandated to offer a lactation facility other than a bathroom stall and sufficient break time for expressing breast milk.

As an educational institution, offering a private, hygienic and comfortable space where lactating mothers’ can express breast milk, meets the State law, offers our children optimum health, and provides the campus’ breastfeeding mothers support and encouragement to continue breastfeeding.

Contact for more information

For questions, location, and additional information, please contact project founder, Stephanie Coday, MA Psychology, Psychology Department, Human Sexuality Instructor, (or at 916-660-8061) or Megan Seely, MA, Sociology Professor (or at 916-660-8068)

Faculty who need the room may also contact their division office or respective manager.

Questions or concerns may further be directed to Natalie Sherrell at ext. 7414 or 916-660-7414.

Lactation Project Resource List

The Lactation Project is Co-Sponsored by ASSC and Gender Equity Committee

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  • Fall and Spring Hours
    By Appointment Only