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Lactation Rooms on the Capitol Complex

Lactation Rooms on the Capitol Complex

There are ten lactation rooms available for use on the Capitol Complex. Each room is equipped with a chair, sink (except Workforce Development), and a surface for equipment and educational materials.

The rooms are located at:capital

  • Capitol
  • Grimes
  • Hoover (2 rooms)
  • Lucas (2 rooms)
  • Public Safety
  • Wallace (2 rooms)
  • Workforce Development

What is a lactation room?

A lactation room provides a private place where employees may nurse babies or pump breast milk to take home for later use.

Why have lactation rooms?

Lactation rooms provide support for women who choose to continue breastfeeding when they return to work.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

For Mom

  • Fewer missed days of work as breastfed babies are healthier
  • Lowers a mother's risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breast cancer
  • Saves money in the family budget

For Baby

  • Lowers a baby's risk for asthma, obesity, and type 1 diabetes
  • Reduced incidences of ear, gastrointestinal, and respiratory infections
  • Fewer allergies
  • Protects against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

For the Department

  • Less time off used by breastfeeding employees since their babies will be healthier
  • Less staff turnover; a working mother who can successfully continue to breastfeed will be happier with her job
  • Saves health care dollars as breastfeed babies have fewer doctor visits and are admitted to the hospital less often

Resources

CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm 
Office on Women's Health - https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding 
WIC - https://wicbreastfeeding.fns.usda.gov/
WHO - https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/infant-and-young-child-feeding
Healthy Children - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/default.aspx

Contacts for the Capitol, Hoover, Lucas and Wallace Buildings

To schedule a lactation room in the Capitol, Hoover, Lucas, or Wallace Buildings, contact DAS-HRE.

Phone: 515-281-5889
Email: custserv.hre@iowa.gov
Alternate Email: Employee.Benefits@iowa.gov

If you are a nursing mother with questions about lactation, contact the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Nicole Newman, RD, LD, CLC
515-322-3759
Nicole.Newman@idph.iowa.gov

Contact for Grimes

Kayli Burkhart
515-281-3411 
kayli.burkhart@iowa.gov

Linda Choate
515-281-3038
linda.choate@iowa.gov

Contact for Department of Public Safety Building

515-725-6001

Contact for Iowa Workforce Development

515-281-7023


Updated 11/29/2021