Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Breastfeeding Policy
To provide reasonable break time for nursing employees to express breast milk.
This policy applies to all nursing employees at Wilkes University
A nursing employee will be provided reasonable break time to breast feed or express breast milk for her nursing child for the first year of the child’s
life. These break periods will be given each time the employee has need to breastfeed or express breast milk.
There are two lactation rooms on campus: Passan Hall, 1st floor conference room and UCOM 108. These rooms are provided as a private and sanitary place for
nursing employees to breast feed or express their milk during work hours. These rooms provide an electrical outlet, comfortable chair, and nearby access to
running water. To reserve the use of the employee lactation room, call extension 4730 or 4999. Employees may use their private office area for
breastfeeding or milk expression, if they prefer.
A refrigerator will be made available for safe storage of expressed breast milk in the lactation rooms. Employees may use their own cooler packs to store
expressed breast milk. Employees should provide their own containers, clearly labeled with name and date. Those using the University provided refrigerators
are responsible for keeping them clean.
All employees are expected to provide an atmosphere of support for breastfeeding employees.
The head of the Human Resources Department and the applicable department management are responsible for coordinating the implementation of this policy and
for providing guidance on the interpretation of specific policy requirements.
Joseph Housenick, Chief Human Resources Officer at (570)408-4631 or Kristin Pitarra, Human Resources Manager at (570) 408-2034