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School of Medicine opens Nursing Mother’s Lounge

The School of Medicine and Healthy Carolina celebrated the grand opening of the Nursing Mother’s Lounge on the ground floor of the school’s medical library, Jan. 17.

Among those speaking at the ceremony were USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, School of Medicine Dean Richard Hoppmann, M.D., Ernie Bell, Ph.D., director of South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control Region 3 public health office, and second-year medical student Nadya Toubou-Fackche.

The lounge provides a dedicated space for new mothers to breastfeed or pump milk in a convenient and comforting environment. The room features two gliding rockers, a microwave, refrigerator and changing table.

For Toubou-Fackche, the Nursing Mother’s Lounge is a place to escape when she needs to feed her five-month-old son.

“Medical school is a stressful environment, and the last thing a mother wants to worry about is providing milk for her child,” Toubou-Fackche said. “The Nursing Mother’s Lounge makes it easier for new moms like me to provide quality nutrition for our child in the privacy of our own room.”

Healthy Carolina and Richland Community Health Partners provided grant funding to furnish the lounge.

The School of Medicine’s Nursing Mother’s Lounge is the seventh lactation room to open at the University of South Carolina. The rooms are provided by Healthy Carolina in connection with the organization’s lactation support program.

To view photos from the grand opening event, please visit:  Nursing Mothers Lounge Opening

January 23, 2013