Resources for Pregnancy and Lactation

Whether you're a new mother or an expecting mother, Metropolitan State University is committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to succeed. Metropolitan State abides by Title IX guidelines in providing an environment that is safe and conducive to your success.

Lactation Rooms

Lactation room use is in the process of changing. Look for two Mamava Pods to be available for use spring semester, one on the Saint Paul campus in the Student Center and one on the Midway campus in the lower common area.

Currently Metropolitan State has two designated lactation rooms.

  • Saint Paul campus Calendar: On the Saint Paul campus, the lactation room is located in Founders Hall room 140C. In order to use the lactation room, you will need to obtain a key from security or the Student Parent Center. Healthcare and Wellness Services asks that you fill out a form to become a registered user and to obtain access codes in the future, as the lactation room location will be changing and a key will no longer be needed. In addition, once you are registered, you will have the option to work with Healthcare and Wellness Services to schedule the room using the calendar listed above.
  • Midway campus Calendar: On the Midway campus, the lactation room is located in room R. To use the room, the code can be obtained from Healthcare and Wellness Services. Healthcare and Wellness Services asks that you fill out a form to register. Once you are registered, you will have the option to work with Healthcare and Wellness Services to schedule the room using the calendar listed above.  This room is in the process of being updated with new furniture and supplies.

On other campuses:

  • MCTC: On the Minneapolis campus, the lactation room is located in MCTC's Student Parent Center room T1000. For more information, please contact MCTC.
  • LECJEC: On the LECJEC campus, students can request an empty room for lactation through security. Contact security for more information.

Where can I get help?

Located on the Saint Paul campus, the Student Parent Center is Metropolitan State's hub for all things parenting. The Student Parent Center provides inclusive, supportive services to students with dependents. We want to help you navigate the challenges of parenting while in school and have the experience and resources to get you one step closer to your goals. The Student Parent Center is located in Founders Hall, room 226. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the Student Parent Center by phone: 651-793-1564 or by email: student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu

Also located on the Saint Paul campus, Healthcare and Wellness Services can provide lactating women with supplies and resources to help them continue to breast feed while they seek their degree. Healthcare and Wellness Services is located in Founders Hall, room 240D. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Jodee Fitzgerald by phone: 651-793-1552 or by email: healthcare.services@metrostate.edu

Off-Campus Resources

Fairview Lactation Services: Staff at all Fairview hospitals and clinics lactation services are trained to help new mothers learn breastfeeding and provide one-on-one assistance. Board-Certified lactation consultants help new moms and babies who need extra assistance with breastfeeding. Check with your insurance regarding costs.

Health Foundation Birth Center: Provides many comprehensive services including maternity care, lactation services, water birth and pediatric services. Health insurance is accepted.

Amma Parenting Center: Offers classes and products that support infant development, provides solutions to everyday parenting and makes life easier. Many free and low-cost options.

Everyday Miracles: Committed to reducing health disparities in communities at risk for poor outcomes. Provides compassionate, culturally aware support and a nonjudgmental, welcoming community. Most services are available at no out-of-pocket cost to those on a Medicaid health care plan.

Childbirth Collective: Free evening discussion groups in Saint Paul on subjects including breastfeeding, Doulas, labor preparation and postpartum health.

Le Leche League: Helps breastfeeding mothers through mother-to-mother encouragement, information and education.