December 20, 2013
St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), in accordance with the New York State Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act (NYS Labor Law § 206-c), provides unpaid break time to nursing mothers who wish to express milk at work, for up to three years following childbirth.
In response to this need, the Medical Center has created a Lactation Room on the hospital’s third floor for employee and visitor use, either for expressing milk or nursing infants. The Lactation Room is located by the 3B Unit waiting area, easily reached by hospital Elevators 1 and 2. The Human Resources Director will work with employees who work at SEMC community sites, and their department managers, to provide suitable areas there, as well.
The Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network provided a stipend, which was used toward creation and furnishing of the Lactation Room.