Supporting Working Parents

Women who work and want to provide human milk to their children need clean, comfortable spaces to express milk during the day. This summer the JIF team noticed that the School's lactation room needed an upgrade. The new moms on the team had many ideas of things to add including; pillows, a lamp with a phone charger, paintings on the wall, breast pads, wipes and a basket of supplies that might come in handy. Faculty and staff in the School have begun to donate extra pump supplies and other items as well. We recognize the commitment and love it takes to provide human milk to children and want to support all people in our space in their e fforts to feed their babies.

On the policy front, this summer Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 95 providing paid parental leave to certain eligible state employees. JIF Director Sarah Verbiest was at the North Carolina Executive Mansion for the signing. Dr. William Roper, the Interim President of the UNC System, will be presenting a proposal to the UNC Board of Governors at the September 2019 meeting to approve a paid parental leave benefit - extending this policy to include University employees! The benefits of paid family leave are many and include increased breastfeeding, lower depression, and higher worker retention.