• Maternity Leave

For Mothers

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial activities for mom and baby. It is a choice many mothers are making today, as it results in significant health benefits for both child and mother, as well as emotional, economic, and environmental benefits. Lactation spaces are available throughout the ISU campus for mothers who wish to provide breast milk during their time on campus. Lactation spaces may be permanent or temporary, and are available on a first come, first served basis. These spaces are appropriate for both mothers who are either breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. Individuals are responsible for providing personal breast pumps and accessories. 

A growing body of research continues to affirm the health and wellness benefits of providing human breast milk to babies, including:

  • Stronger immune systems to defend against bacteria and viruses
  • Nutrients designed to enhance brain and physical development
  • Unique opportunities for parent and child bonding


When You Are Expecting

Check the list of lactation spaces to obtain information regarding the availability and locations of designated spaces for pumping on campus, or make arrangements with your supervisor to find a private place to pump within your building. You may also contact our office for additional assistance. All lactation spaces are welcome to new mothers of employees, students, and visitors to our campus.

If you are a University employee, you may want to contact your supervisor or HR consultant before or soon after you return from parental leave to make arrangements to pump or express milk during the work day. A sample letter has been prepared by the University Child Care Committee and may be helpful in discussing your lactation needs with your supervisor.  

If you are a student, you may be interested in the following information - Pregnant and Parenting Students in College:  Requirements and Accommodations Under Title IX and Beyond

IX provides equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.  If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road or call (515) 294-7612. You may also wish to visit the Dean of Students Assistance and Outreach Services for additional resources and guidance.