The Lactation Program for Nursing Mothers at Centenary is designed to help new mothers transition back into the workplace, and makes it possible for mothers to continue to nurse their newborns by providing them with a comfortable, private room to express milk while at work.
Breastfeeding is an essential part of the overall reproductive cycle for the mother, resulting in faster recovery from pregnancy and it has important short- and long-term health benefits for both children and women.
As part of this program, Centenary provides a “Mother’s Room” at the Hackettstown campus (Smith Hall, Room #106) and in Parsippany (Room #125) for expressing milk while at work. The rooms will be available for use Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm (Hackettstown) and 9:00am to 6:00pm (Parsippany). For Hackettstown, please see any Human Resources employee for access.
Nursing moms provide their own breast pump and can store their milk in a personal insulated cooler bag in a public area refrigerator. Because of its unique antibacterial properties, breast milk can be safely stored at room temperature, in a personal insulated cooler bag, in a refrigerator or in a freezer. Breast milk should always be labeled with the employee’s name and the date it was collected. Employees take responsibility for storing their own milk and taking it home with them at the end of each work day.
Supervisors are encouraged to offer breastfeeding employees flexibility to take breaks for their pumping sessions.
We are proud to offer this benefit to our nursing moms and hope that you will enjoy using the Mother’s Rooms.