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.
The CLECs provide clinical appointments, one-on-one office hours, and host educational workshops. At Ashe, students can set up clinical appointments with a lactation educator without a referral from their Ashe Primary Care Provider. 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.
For more information about Lactation Educator Counselors, including their bios, go to pages 6 - 7 in the Policy Toolkit. Click here to view the toolkit in its entirety:
UCLA 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.
Students with Dependents Program 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.
Although a normal pregnancy doesn’t qualify as a disability under ADA, the CAE provides academic accommodations for pregnant, parenting and lactating students.
If you are a pregnant, parenting, or lactating student and you need academic accommodations, please Apply for Accommodations. During the interactive process, a CAE Disability Specialist can work with the student to devise an accommodations plan tailored to each student’s unique needs. It should also be noted that parenting student rights also extend to male students.
Breastfeeding supplies are available for over-the-counter purchase at the Bruin Pharmacyy, including manual breast pumps, lanolin cream, milk storage bags and breast pads.
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 Title IX.
MOCA de UCLA is a student group and collective aiming to build systemic support and enforce policies that address the unique needs of mothers of color and allies at the University of California, Los Angeles.