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Health and Wellness Tools, Tips and Advice for nursing moms before and after pregnancy.

Setting Up a Lactation Room

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A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping. (Also often called a "Nursing Room", "Nursing Mothers Room", or "Breastfeeding Room")

Setting up a lactation room in a general working environment is quite simple and easy. The basic prerequisite is an appropriate space set aside solely for lactating mothers (breast pumping or breastfeeding) and shielded from public view (meaning door must be lockable and any windows must have curtains or blinds). This space can be newly built or previously existing space converted and repurposed as a lactation room.

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide Reasonable Break Time for Working mothers. This includes providing the appropriate space and amenities to help them express breast milk when needed. Here is the lactation room setup guide.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A Lactation Room (Nursing Room)
  • Comfortable seating (padded chairs are recommended)
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breast pump
  • Sink inside or nearby for cleaning nursing equipment after expressing breast milk
  • Lockable door (for privacy)
 
If however you're not able to provide a sink inside the room, you should at least have an alternate space nearby with a sink and running water such as women's restroom for mothers to clean their equipment after expressing breast milk.
 
How to Set Up a Lactation Room - Detailed amenities for organizations, colleges, and universities (nursing rooms at work).
 
  • Electric Breast Pumps (for larger organizations, colleges and universities)  
    While moms are encouraged to have their own backup manual breast pumps or connecting accessories for electric pumps, a quality electric breast pump is generally more effective for expressing breast milk and maintaining a mother's milk supply than a manual pump.

    Mothers who maintain their milk supply tend to breastfeed longer than mothers who begin supplementing their baby's diet with infant formula.

    Employees (staff and students in case of colleges/universities) can share an electric breast pump by staggering their break schedules. If you have more than 200 employees, consider purchasing more than one pump. A quality electric breast pump will last for years and is an excellent investment.       
     
  • Double pumping kits compatible with the electric breast pump for breastfeeding employees.  
    A double versus a single pumping kit attaches to the electric pump, and allows mothers to express milk from both breasts at the same time. This is time efficient as it shortens the amount of break time needed for expressing breast milk.  Pump kits are intended for one user, and are not shared, or returned.
     
  • A small refrigerator or ice chest
    For mothers to store their breast milk separate from the employees refrigerator. If the employee is away from home, her milk is best kept cool. Employees may be more comfortable storing their breast milk separate from the employee refrigerator. 
     
  • A clean sink
    (If an existing sink is not close to the employees work area) for washing bottles and pumping equipment.  
     
  • Pleasant decorations for the room
    Great parts of lactation room design include bulletin board for employees to display pictures of their babies, and a audio player for relaxing music. A comfortable relaxing atmosphere encourages "let down" which is necessary for milk flow.  
     
  • A footstool or ottoman
    This can provide additional comfort, particularly for women of short stature.
     
  • A disposal bin
     
  • Hand soap
     
  • Sanitary wipes
 
Follow the Resource Links below to download a letter of proposal to create or upgrade lactation spaces in your facility.
 
Other Things to Consider When Creating a Lactation Room:
  • Avoid creating a lactation space that can only be accessed through bathrooms or locker rooms.
     
  • Make clear access to the electric outlet.
     
  • Provide a microwave to sterilize breast pump parts.
 
 
 
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DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
From Pregnancy and maternity, to infants, toddlers, parenting and motherhood, MomsPumpHere does its best to help new moms make the transition from nursing at home to breastfeeding or breastpumping for their babies in public. Pregnancy was challenging enough mother's health, finding a nice comfortable spot to nurse your baby shouldn't be.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breast pumping.

    Lactation Room Guide -