Proper Handling and Storage of Expressed Breast Milk (UMHS resource)

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
Employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk."                                                         

The Business Case for Breastfeeding -- Employees’ Guide to Breastfeeding and Working
The Business Case for Breastfeeding provides working mothers with information on returning to work while still maintaining breastfeeding goals. It outlines important points to discuss with managers during pregnancy, information on getting started with breastfeeding, and tips for maintaining breastfeeding while returning to work. It also addresses potential concerns that managers may have, as well as how to ensure that breastfeeding needs are being communicated and met.

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Breastfeeding
The Office on Women’s Health provides tips and suggestions for successfully breastfeeding through a variety of topics such as learning to breastfeed, breastfeeding in public, going back to work, common breastfeeding challenges, and pumping and milk storage. It features fact sheets and information such as new protections and options that mothers and their children are offered through the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, mothers are able to access breastfeeding advice videos and read stories submitted by other breastfeeding moms.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) -- Breastfeeding Initiatives
The AAP offers resources for parents, professionals, and advocates of breastfeeding. This includes information on federal support for breastfeeding, frequently asked questions, and the Families Resource Guide with links to AAP publications and other breastfeeding-related organizations. Topics include: “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding,” “Your Baby’s First Year,” human milk banking information, nutrition information, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and more.

U-M article: Uninsured parents don't take breastfeeding classes, even though breast is best
“There are so many benefits to breastfeeding,” says Michelle Moniz, M.D., an OB/GYN and researcher at the U-M Medical School. “Babies who breastfeed have lower rates of infection, obesity and diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed have lower rates of postpartum depression, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. “The good news is 40 percent of first-time parents reported attending a class.” 


University of Michigan Health System YourChild
Child development and behavior resources for parents

MHealthy Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
Classes including Baby Care Basics, Safe Sitter, Realities of Parenthood, Joys of Grandparenting Near and Far, contact 734-647-5645 or 1-800-433-6348 or

La Leche League International
La Leche League of Ann Arbor
La Leche League International provides breastfeeding information, connections to mother-to-mother forums, access to personal support in your local area, and podcasts on breastfeeding and parenting topics. La Leche League of Ann Arbor offers mother-to-mother support, monthly meetings, telephone help, and a lending library.

Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor
Classes for moms and partners

Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI)
MARI is comprised of the University Center for the Child and Family, the University Center for Language and Literacy, and the U-M Psychological Clinic. It serves the U-M and broader community with evidence-based clinical services and education for individuals, couples and families.

Healthy Children Web site
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) site dedicated to children’s health


Prenatal Evaluation
The U-M Fetal Diagnostic Center provides fetal ultrasound, prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis for pregnant women. Patients have access to genetic counselors.

Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center
The U-M Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center offers comprehensive fetal services, utilizing the latest technological advances in diagnostics, minimally invasive surgeries and open surgeries for babies who have been diagnosed with potential birth anomalies.


Healthy Healing Patient Resources
Postpartum care resources that includes information such as a Pelvic muscle exercise program, Dilator Therapy, Episiotomy, Estrogen Cream, Lacerations, Sitz Baths and Wound infections.

Breastfeeding Support
The U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults provides family-centered care.

Healthy Healing After Delivery Program
Support to women with postpartum-specific ailments from a team of experts who provide integrated care. Services available to any woman, regardless of where she delivered her baby.


Boot Camp for New Dads
Taught by fathers, this workshop builds pride and confidence in caring for your baby.

Michigan Fatherhood Coalition
Focuses on improving the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with nurturing and committed fathers


Mental/emotional health resources and online screenings to help you manage the ups and downs of life.

U-M Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) for U-M families
All active/retired U-M faculty and staff, and their immediate family members, are eligible for FASAP resources. FASAP counselors provide confidential, short-term help with problems, and can offer community referrals/support group information.

UMHS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for U-M families
EAP is a short-term, confidential counseling service for active U-M Health System employees and their immediate families. EAP counselors can help work through workplace and/or personal problems.

Postpartum Depression Information
Many women experience a phenomenon called “postpartum blues,” characterized by extreme sensitivity, moodiness and sleep problems.

Anxiety During Pregnancy and After Childbirth
Learn more about anxiety disorders in the “perinatal” period, the time during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.


U-M Staff Handbook -- Maternity/Pregnancy

Leave of Absence Information
Information regarding FMLA, paid and unpaid time off, and contact information for Human Resources

U-M Benefits after Birth of Baby or Adoption
Contact the U-M Benefits Office for information about adding a new child to health care and dental insurance programs. Note: you have 30 days from the birth of the child or the date of adoption to add your new dependent to your benefits coverage, or you will have to wait until the annual open enrollment period.

Subsidized Programs for Qualified Employees
The Work/Life Resource Center offers subsidized Kids Kare at Home (a back-up child care program) and information about U-M child care assistance for income-eligible families.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD)
Assessment and other resources, support, and information for Washtenaw County special education students and their families.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Comprehensive resources for individuals with disabilities and their families/friends

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals


Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)
Comprehensive information on adopting in Michigan, including local agency contacts

National site offering adoption/foster care information and guidance

National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search
National directory of related resources


Students with Children Web site
U-M Ann Arbor-area resources

State of Michigan Department of Human Services
State resources for families

Abuse Hurts
Information about domestic violence
Private social network with community postings for your neighborhood (nationwide resource)

Birth Network

Lesbian Moms Network

Center for the Childbearing Year (Ann Arbor)

The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor

Washtenaw County Breastfeeding Coalition – list of breastfeeding resources

Michigan’s Children
A statewide, multi-issue, independent, broad-based advocacy group which acts as a voice for children

Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Periodic parent-infant group for babies 6 weeks to crawling, call 734-995-4141

Signing Smart Baby Sign Language
Parent-child learning and play classes, call 734-389-3459


Disclaimers & Eligibility:

The Work/Life Resource Center does not interpret policy, facilitate leaves of absence, or negotiate flexible scheduling with supervisors.

The Work/Life Resource Center does not endorse or represent any resources listed within this website as recommended by the University.

Full-time and part-time U-M faculty, staff and students are eligible to receive consultation and referral services at no charge.

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