Create Your Own Lactation Space

As of March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act requires that employers provide employees “reasonable break time” to pump up to one year after the child’s birth. The employer must provide a place other than a bathroom “that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.” However, these requirements are minimal. This space should also be clean, private, accessible, and comfortable. Lactation needs vary from person to person. An individual may be pumping 3-5 times per day for 15-45 minutes per session depending on supply, so this room should be a space where someone would feel comfortable spending 1-3 hours per day.

What Does a Lactation Space Need?

Required Amenities

The University is currently developing space standards that will be applied to all existing and new lactation spaces on the Twin Cities campus. Once these standards are finalized, they will be posted here.

If you have a potential lactation space, please submit a space request on the Space Management website. The space cannot be located within a restroom or be in proximity to toilets and must be ADA compliant.

Recommended Features

  • Locking door
  • Access to an electrical outlet (state law)
  • Comfortable chair with surfaces that are easy to clean
  • Small table or countertop surface to support pumping equipment
  • Mini refrigerator or access to clean refrigerator space for milk storage
  • Sink or proximity to a place to wash hands and clean pump equipment
  • Soft light, artwork, and decor that encourages relaxation
  • Non-carpeted floor that can easily be cleaned
  • A "privacy please", Lactation Room Occupied, or breastfeeding in session sign
  • Posted room usage schedule and/or room access information; create a Google Calendar to share
  • Microwave for steralizing breast pump equipment
  • Multi-user hospital grade breast pump

 

Featured Space: Moos 17-150

One of the newer lactation spaces on the East Bank is in Moos Tower. The Human Resources office partnered with Student Services and approached senior leadership on creating a new lactation space in Moos Tower. An increase of space was needed as other nearby rooms were often at capacity at certain times of the day. A space on the 17th floor being used as a storage room was identified as a possible location as it was close to the clinic area for students and staff.

The Academic Health Center along with the School of Dentistry agreed to share the construction costs of transitioning the room from a storage space. The room now has four pumping spaces available with dividers between them for privacy. Other amenities include a sink, a microwave, and cabinets for storage of pumping equipment. This space is available to all employees, students and visitors to the University and is listed on the University's list of lactation spaces. To obtain access to the room, please contact Kelly Campbell in the Human Resources office at habig005@umn.edu or 612-626-4171.