Breast-Feeding Redux: Library of Congress Edition

Posted February 27, 2014 at 11:00am

Hill Navigator is not yet finished talking about breast-feeding on Capitol Hill . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data showing a decline of toddler obesity , citing increased rates of breast-feeding as a likely cause. And for more good news, the original article  about staffers pumping milk on Capitol Hill garnered sufficient reaction to merit another dedicated post: this time about the Library of Congress.  

The LOC reached out to Hill Navigator to tout its own lactation centers. The first opened in March 2012 on the third floor of the Madison Building, the second opened in July 2013 on the first floor of the Adams Building. Each lounge has individual pumping rooms, a common area sink and comfortable seating (unfortunately, no hospital grade pumps a la Capitol Hill).  Nursing mothers receive access to the facilities after applying with the Health Services Office at the LOC.  

“We are advocating now for upgrades, [including] hospital grade pumps [and] refrigerators,” said Nan Thompson Ernst, the chief steward of the Library of Congress Professional Guild.  

You can view a slideshow of the Library of Congress lactation center opening here .  

For more information on accessing the lactation facilities at the Library of Congress, contact the Health Services Office in LM G-40, or at 202-707-8035.