Support for Lactation and Breastfeeding
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." See the US Department of Labor information.
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.
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.
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.
Lactation and Parenting Resources, Classes, and Support
Michigan Medicine classes and support for soon-to-be and new parents
Including Baby Care Basics, Realities of Parenthood, Mindful Moms, and breastfeeding classes
Offered by the U-M Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO), this is a drop-in group for women faculty and staff members seeking support just prior to or following the birth or adoption of a child. Contact Tina at (734) 936-8660 for more information and to register.
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.
Resources to build pride and confidence in caring for your baby.
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.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) site dedicated to children’s health
Provides fetal ultrasound, prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis for pregnant women
U-M Physical Medicine and Rahabilitation
U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults
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.
Emotional Health Resources
Mental and 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.
Many women experience a phenomenon called “postpartum blues,” characterized by extreme sensitivity, moodiness and sleep problems.
Learn more about anxiety disorders in the “perinatal” period, the time during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.
U-M Benefits and Policies
Information regarding FMLA, paid and unpaid time off, and contact information for Human Resources
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.
The U-M Work-Life Resource Center offers a sick child and backup child care service (Kids Kare at Home) that may be partially subsidized based on income, as well as information on Financial Assistance for Child Care for income-eligible families.
Special Needs and Disability Resources
Assessment and other resources, support, and information for Washtenaw County special education students and their families, plus a listing of all other Intermediate School Districts in Michigan.
Comprehensive resources for individuals with disabilities and their families/friends
Information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals
Adoption and Foster Care Information
Comprehensive information on adopting in Michigan, including local agency contacts
National site offering adoption/foster care information and guidance
National directory of related resources.
Additional Resources (U-M Ann Arbor)
- Students with Children
- State of Michigan Department of Human Services - State resources for families
- Abuse Hurts - Information about domestic violence
- Nextdoor.com - Private social network with community postings for your neighborhood (nationwide resource)
- Birth Network
- Lesbian Moms Network
- Center for the Childbearing Year
- The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor
- 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-and-child learning and play classes - call (734) 389-3459
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.