UCLA Breastfeeding Resources
UCLA has three full-time staff members who are trained as Certified Lactation Educator Counselors (CLEC). CLECs provide services that focus on education as a means of preventing serious issues that would require a higher level of clinical care. CLECs are trained to aid breastfeeding as it applies to the average mother experiencing normal challenges.
CLECs are available to assist with the following topics:
- Anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding and medication/birth control
- Breastfeeding at school and/or work
- Breastfeeding plan- what to do starting from delivery room and beyond
- Common concerns
- How to tell if a baby is getting enough milk
- Maternal nutrition
- Miscellaneous: support system/myths/resources
- Positioning and latch
- Pumps and equipment
- Risks of not breastfeeding
Any care requiring medical intervention such as nipple infection, abscess of breast, mastitis, and any lactation disorders or complicated cases that are outside the scope of “normal” would require higher-level care. Not sure if the lactation educators can help you… ask them! They can point you in the right direction.
At Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, students can set up clinical appointments with a lactation educator without a referral from their Ashe Primary Care Provider.
For more information about CLEC Services and bios on the Certified Lactation Education Counselors, go to the Policy Toolkit at: https://ucla.box.com/v/policy-tool-kit.
UCLA BirthPlace is proud to be a part of improving the health of mothers and infants. We encourage and support new mothers with breastfeeding information during and after their hospital stay. UCLA is ranked among the top 2 hospitals in Los Angeles County for exclusive in-hospital breastfeeding.
The Students with Dependents (SWD) Program provide s caring and personalized support to UCLA students who are parents, guardians, and caregivers at the undergraduate, graduate and professional school level. The program is committed to helping students succeed, both as parents and scholars by offering programs and advocacy that enrich and support parenting student's academic, personal and professional goals. As part of its services, the Students with Dependents Program office offers emergency lactation and infant supplies, such as microwave sanitation kits, milk storage bags, breast pads, diapers, wipes and other resources, to UCLA students during business hours.
Phone: (310) 794-1823
The Center for Accessible Education (CAE) can assist pregnant students with understanding what accommodations are available to them, and in accessing available accommodations. Details on how CAE can assist pregnant/parenting students can be found on the CAE website for pregnant and parenting students.
A255 Murphy Hall
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (310) 825-1501
The Bruin Health Pharmacy sells manual breast pumps, lanolin cream, milk storage bags and breast pads. All items are available over the counter to anyone who needs them.
Bruin Health Pharmacy Location
Ackerman Union, A-Level, A-250
Phone: (310) 825-4073, option 3
UCLA offers a plethora of Support Groups and Educational Programs to help improve your birthing experience and ease your transition to parenthood. Some groups and classes are free, while others are low cost.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students and postdocs, and Title IX protections apply in and out of the classroom. Title IX requires schools to excuse absences for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, and requires schools to provide pregnant students with services and accommodations equal to those provided to non-pregnant students. If you have trouble receiving an appropriate lactation accommodation you can report the incident to the UCLA Title IX Office.
Contact the Title IX Office at [email protected], by phone at (310) 206-3417 or in person at its office at 2255 Murphy Hall.
Campus Human Resources
Campus Human Resources (CHR) is available to assist UCLA staff, faculty and students employed by UCLA with accessing breastfeeding accommodations. Many individual departments also have their own human resources representatives who are available to assist with arranging accommodations.
Phone: (310) 794-0800
Email for Campus Human Resources is [email protected].
The Mothers of Color in Academic de UCLA (MOCA) is a student-led collective committed to advocating for systematic support and polices that prioritize the needs of all parenting students, faculty, staff and service workers.