Dominican University Recognized as a Lactation Friendly Worksite

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, President, tours the new Mothers’ Lactation Room in the Prusmack Center with Lisa Kayal, Director of Human Resources.

Dominican University was one of three Rockland County businesses and organizations recognized in January for being a lactation friendly worksite by Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

The announcement came after Dominican University opened a newly renovated Mother’s Lactation Room in the Prusmack Center where employees or students can pump breast milk for their babies. The equipment in the room was funded through a New York State Creating Friendly Communities (CBFC) Grant. 

“Dominican University is so pleased to announce the opening of our new Mothers’ Lactation Room and we thank the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH)  for all of their support in this very important initiative. This comfortable, convenient, and private location provides nursing moms with the supplies needed to pump and refrigerate milk for their babies.  We are committed to supporting all of our nursing moms who are balancing the demands of their personal life with work or education,” said Lisa Kayal, Director of Human Resources. 

Recognized worksites implement several steps to achieve Lactation Friendly Worksite recognition, including creating a written lactation-friendly office policy, implementing environmental changes such as designating lactation spaces and training staff, and supporting individuals while they continue to breastfeed and return to work.