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?
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.
- 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