Lactation Rooms

Resources below will aid in creating and implementing a lactation space plan for your campus. View examples from other postsecondary institutions; read recommendations for setting up a lactation room; browse scholarly articles and reports; and consult professional organizations for guidance.

POSTSECONDARY EXAMPLES

 

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University provides student-mothers with lactation supplies and resources, and has both lactation rooms and Mamava lactation pods on campus. Room scheduling can be done via Google calendar and pod reservation through Mamava's app.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has approximately 30 lactation rooms on campus. The university also has an account with Milk Stork that provided mom's the opportunity to pump and ship their milk back home to their baby for free when traveling. Additionally, Oregon State lists outside lactation resources.

University of California - San Diego

The University of California - San Diego has over 20 lactation rooms on campus, which have been mapped through UCSD Maplink. Pumps are available to students on campus and lactation education is provided through the university's Student Health Services.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has over 40 lactation rooms on campus. Most of the spaces are equipped with a comfortable chair, a small table, and an electrical outlet, and some rooms have lockers to store pumps on-site. All of the rooms are mapped on the university's website.

LACTATION ROOM SETUP GUIDANCE

 

The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects has drafted best practices for lactation room design, including standards and recommendations on categories like size, privacy, location, accessories, and so forth.

United States Breastfeeding Committee

The United States Breastfeeding Committee's site contains information on federal law related to breastfeeding employees and lactation space, as well as creative ideas for developing lactation spaces.

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's website contains a Lactation Room Setup Guide that lists instructions for designing and planning a lactation space, including furniture ideas, minimum standards, and optional feature suggestions.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota provides guidance on creating your own lactation space. The page includes required and preferred amenities along with a "featured space" example.

ARTICLES & REPORTS

 
Bai, Y.K., Dinour, L.M., & Pope, G.A. (2016). Determinants of the intention to pump breast milk on a university campus. Journal of Midwifery and
        Women's Health, 61(5), 563-570. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12488
Bradley, S. (2018, April 23). How one university is normalizing breast-feeding on campus - for students and employees. The Washington Post.
        Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/04/23/how-one-university-is-normalizing-breast-feeding-
        on-campus-for-students-and-employees/?utm_term=.7f84af1a5207
Coleman, G.C. (2017). An evaluation of lactation support facilities at higher education institutions in Western New York (Masters thesis).
        Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 10275114)
Henry-Moss, D., Lee, J., Benton, K., & Spatz, D.L. (2019). An exploration of lactation facilities and planning in U.S. Higher Education Campuses.
        Breastfeeding Medicine, 14(2). Retrieved from https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/bfm.2018.0198
Dinour, L.M., Pope, G.A., & Bai, Y.K. (2015). Breast milk pumping beliefs, supports, and barriers on a university campus. Journal of Human
        Lactation, 31(1), 156-165. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1177/0890334414557522
 
Sutton, H. (2018). Study finds lack of consistency, amenities for on-campus lactation spaces. Dean & provost: Practical advice and strategies for
        academic leaders, 20(4), 1-8. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/dap.30524

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

International Lactation Consultant Association

The International Lactation Consultant Association's mission is to advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.

La Leche League International 

La Leche League International's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

United States Lactation Consultant Organization

USLCA is a national leader in advancing the lactation profession. A trusted source of continuing education and professional development, USLCA and its members strive to improve the health and well-being of children and families through breastfeeding.

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