Breastfeeding & Students

Students and employees—and their families—should not have to forgo the benefits of human milk feeding due to a lack of support and accommodations in educational institutions.

But sadly, that happens every day.

Title IX Basics

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, or “Title IX,” is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs. The law is a key tool for ensuring that all people have an equal opportunity for education, regardless of their sex or gender.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX

Title IX protects students and employees of educational programs that receive federal funds; that includes students and employees of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, as well as educational programs in libraries, museums, vocational programs, and prisons.  Title IX protects people of all sexes and genders from discrimination, not just women.

Resources for Students, Teachers, and Institutions

The resources below can help both students and administrators support and promote lactation accommodation in schools. To develop a comprehensive program it is key to include a written policy, system for communication, and environmental changes, along with resources and education for staff. Schools that offer lactation accommodation can realize decreased absenteeism and turnover and more productive, satisfied students.

It is important for school boards to encourage administrators and principals to create supportive work environments to help breastfeeding employees continue breastfeeding while working. This improves children’s and employees’ health, saves on health claims, reduces absenteeism, and improves employee morale. And when the children of these employees reach school-age, schools reap an additional benefit – healthier children in our classrooms.

-Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified School District