Lactation and Parenting Additional Resources

Support for Lactation and Breastfeeding

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, PPACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, PPACA states that 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.

Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office on Women’s Health provides these 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 these 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.

Resources, Classes, and Other Support

Michigan Medicine -- C.S. Mott Children's Hospital -- Breastfeeding Resources

Michigan Medicine -- C.S. Mott Children's Hospital -- Your Child: Parenting Guides and Resources

MHealthy Resource Coach

Resources for U-M student parents and caregivers

Support Groups including New Moms Returning to Work

Offered by the U-M Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO), this is a group for women faculty and staff members seeking support just prior to or following the birth or adoption of a child. Other groups are held on an ongoing or periodic basis. Call (734) 936-8660.

Healthy Children

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

La Leche League International and 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.

Dads Adventure and Boot Camp for New Dads

Resources to build pride and confidence in caring for your baby.

Health Care  

U-M Fetal Diagnostic Center

Provides fetal ultrasound, prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis for pregnant women

Breastfeeding Support

U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults

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.

Emotional Health Resources

Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) for U-M campus employees

All active and retired U-M faculty and staff, and their immediate family members, are eligible for FASCCO resources. FASCCO counselors provide confidential, short-term help with problems, and can offer community referrals and support group information.

Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience for Michigan Medicine employees

This program offers short-term, confidential counseling for active Michigan Medicine employees and their immediate families. Counselors can help employees work through workplace and personal problems.

MHealthy Mental and Emotional Health

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

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.

Postpartum Depression Information

Many women experience a phenomenon called “postpartum blues."

U-M Benefits and Policies

U-M Staff Handbook — Maternity and 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.

Child Care Resources

The U-M Work-Life Resource Center offers child care resources, a 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

See Supporting Adults and Children with Disabilities

Adoption and Foster Care Information

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 and Adoption Directory Search

National directory of related resources.

Additional Resources


Child and Family Care does not endorse or represent any resources listed within this website as recommended by the University. Child and Family Care does not interpret policy, facilitate leaves of absence, or negotiate flexible scheduling with supervisors.