EdCC opens lactation room

Edmonds Community College first opened its doors in 1967. But it wasn’t until a month ago that student moms had an on-campus lactation room.

“I can see being a mom, student and worker why it’s so important we have that support,” said Jennifer Delia, 28, whose son, Corban, was born in June.

“You should never make a mom choose between her child and education,” she said. “That should go hand in hand.”

The issue of designating a lactation room was first raised last year by fellow student Kristina Madden. She asked for help from the college’s student government board. Delia is one of its members.

At universities, it’s not uncommon to have multiple lactation rooms, Delia said. The University of Washington has at least 15, she said.

“At a community college, you would think it would be obvious,” she said. Yet space is at a premium. “I learned space is very valuable,” she said. “It’s really hard to find a single-purpose, designated space.”

The issue took on new meaning for Delia when she learned she was pregnant with her first child not long after the request for the lactation room was made.

A former study room was identified as a possible location. Delia was in attendance at the year’s last meeting of the student governing board in June, where the lactation room was approved. It was just days before her son was born June 20.

Over the summer, she worked with community volunteers to get the room ready. It was repainted. A couch, rocking chair and refrigerator were added. A breast pump was located.

Delia considers it one of the best lactation rooms around, though it was outfitted on an Ikea budget. “Ours really gives a sense of calming and a private place for moms to feed their babies or if they need to pump to do it without the fear of being exposed,” she said.

The room opened last month as a pilot project. The student government group will decide by June whether it should continue.

The opening of the new lactation center will also be celebrated during a breastfeeding information and education event, called Latch On To Your Community. It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 28 in the college’s Triton Student Center, Brier Hall.

The Everett Community College doesn’t have a dedicated lactation room but is searching for a location, said Katherine Schiffner, a college spokeswoman. However, students and employees can use rooms in Olympus or Rainier halls, she said.

“As a breastfeeding mom, I know that it can be challenging to find a place to breastfeed or pump,” she said. “I would not have anticipated how hard this is. Yes, it’s an issue.”

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com

If you go

“Latch on to Your Community,” an informational event to promote breastfeeding, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Edmonds Community College’s Triton Student Center, Brier Hall. The event is free and open to the public. It will include speakers and information tables.

More in Local News

Demolition begins, signaling start of courthouse remodel

The date for major construction was pushed back, but completion is still projected for 2021.

Police seek man after stabbing and robbery south of Everett

A convenience store clerk was slashed by a knife-wielding man at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Man jailed a month after police shooting

He has been under investigation for months on accusations of child molestation.

Man sentenced 24 years for trafficking in child porn

He also admitted sharing the images online while also amassing a digital collection.

Suspect identified in break-in and shooting

He fired one round into a television and more shots when an occupant tried to confront him outside.

Man, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash

It appeared the motorcycle had been going at a high speed, according to the sheriff’s office.

Treatment center in north Everett could open in 2020

The 32-bed facility on 10th Street would serve people with addiction and mental illness.

Sculpture is hidden in not so plain sight

Narly 40 years later, the artist is still concerned about placement of his work.

Council members back off land deal

A resolution directs staff to tell the state it no longer wants part of the Singletary harvest.

Most Read