The University of Northern Colorado was recognized as a breastfeeding-friendly public venue from the Weld County Public Health Department on Friday, Jan. 11. Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity and Stryker Institute for Leadership Development, and Alena Clark, Ph.D., professor in the UNC Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, received the certificate on behalf of UNC.

The UNC Lactation Support Program is a unique collaboration bringing together different perspectives to support and protect lactating individuals on our campus and community. Over the last seven years the collaboration has established and maintained six lactation stations across campus, a privacy screen rental program, and a UNC lactation support policy and campus-wide programming normalizing the lactation experience. As well as an inclusive toolkit resource that was requested by and distributed to over 145 individuals nationally and internationally.

Lucero-Nguyen says, “I want UNC to remain an example of how one can approach creating inclusive lactation support initiatives on college campuses.” The University wants to continue strengthening the support policy N.D program by reaching out to members of campus and the community to see what is needed and desired.

For more information visit https://www.unco.edu/news/newsroom/releases/unc-breastfeeding-friendly-public-venue-award-2018-19.aspx