Breastfeeding Support

Mom holding newborn

To support the health and well-being of both new mothers and their baby, Indiana University is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers as they return to work. Talk with your supervisor or local human resource office to discuss your plans to return to work while continuing to breastfeed your newborn. 

  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding gives your baby a healthy start on life! Here are a few reasons why breastfeeding is good for you and your baby.

    Breastfeeding Health Benefits for:  

    Babies

    • Reduces rates of type 2 diabetes and incidence of obesity
    • Decreases rates of leukemia and lymphoma
    • Fewer and less severe respiratory and gastrointestinal infections
    • Reduced risk of developing asthma and allergies
    • Strengthened immune systems
    • Fewer instances of constipation and diarrhea

    Moms

    • Lowers blood pressure
    • Decreases cholesterol levels
    • Lowers rates of breast and ovarian cancer
    • Reduces risk of diabetes
    • Reduced bleeding after giving birth
    • Decreased instances of postpartum depression
    • Burns calories that can contribute to post-pregnancy weight loss

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  • IU Breastfeeding Coverage

    Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling are covered under IU-sponsored medical plans as preventive care with no member cost.

    Breastfeeding Medical Benefits

    One breast pump is covered by each IU-sponsored medical plan at no cost for female members any time during their pregnancy or following delivery, when purchased from in-network providers. 

    Steps to obtain a qualified breast pump:

    • Obtain a prescription from an OB/GYN for the breast pump,
    • Purchase a pump through a local in-network Durable Medical Equipment (or DME) provider, or
    • Purchase a pump through an online in-network DME provider.

    In-network DME companies can be found by using IU Health Plan's online Provider DirectoryAnthem's online Provider Finder tool (for detail instructions click here), or by typing "Durable Medical Equipment" into Indiana University's Castlight Health tool "Find a Service" section.

  • Additional IU Benefits

    Start Your Child's Medical Coverage - As an IU Academic or Staff employee enrolled in a medical plan, eligible dependents can be enrolled in the same plan when a qualifying change in status occurs. Enrollment must take place within 30 days of the newborn's birth, adoption or legal guardianship. 

    Paid Parental Leave is provided to an eligible staff employee, following a birth or adoption of a child, in recognition of the importance of work + life synergy and offering parents the opportunity to bond with their new child. 

    IU Tax Saver Benefit Plan - Dependent Care reimbursement account may help you save money on child care and medical care expenses.

    The 24-Hour Nurse Line (dial 888-279-5449) is a resource for those enrolled in one of the IU-sponsored medical plans who need guidance on non-emergency health questions and concerns. 

  • Wellness Rooms for Nursing Mothers on Campus

    Indiana University provides wellness rooms to support Academic, Staff, and Students who are breastfeeding mothers. Click on your campus below to learn more.

  • How to Support Breastfeeding Employees

    Research has proven that breastfeeding plays a vital role in giving newborns a healthy start on life and maintaining moms' good health. Therefore, it is important that mothers who have the opportunity to breastfeed their newborns are presented with a welcoming and supportive environment when they return to work.

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  • Breastmilk: Handling, Storing, and Traveling

    CDC Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

    Travel Recommendations for the Nursing Mother

  • Additional Resources

    Find additional resources in your community here.