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Lactation Accommodation Program

The University of California recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants.

Program Overview

UCSB is committed to providing the information and support needed if you choose to breastfeed or express milk. 

The University will make private space available for lactation purposes and will provide lactation break periods for employees who are breastfeeding.

For more information please see UC’s Policy on Accommodations for Nursing Mothers.

Participation and Registration

Registration provides data that is critical for program continuation and improvement.

Please complete the Lactation Accommodation Program Registration Questionnaire. When you click "submit" you will be redirected to information on next steps.

Lactation Accommodation Laws

Lactation Accommodation is the law in California

The California Labor Code and Department of Labor provide guidelines on reasonable break time and room/location that employers shall provide to employees.

The Affordable Care Act - effective January 1, 2013, mandates that UC's medical plans will provide breastfeeding support, supplies (including breast pumps) and counseling at no cost. For more information on how this affects you, please contact your medical plan.

Lactation Place and Lactation Rooms

The University will provide a private, secure, and sanitary area for employees to express breast milk.

Lactation Place

Supervisors will make a reasonable effort to provide an appropriate space with an electrical outlet, which is in close proximity to the employee's work area. Appropriate locations would include the employee’s own office, another private office not in use, or any available area with a locking door where the employee can have privacy from the view of others.

A toilet stall or a room lacking privacy and a locking door is NOT an appropriate space for lactation purposes.

Lactation Rooms

There are five lactation rooms available on campus (see map):

1) Kerr Hall — Room 2172C

2) Davidson Library — Room 2549 (Hours)

3) Student Resources Building — Room 1201

4) Arts Library — Room 2407B (Hours)

5) Ellison Hall — Room 3725A

The lactation rooms are equipped with hospital-grade Medela breast pumps, however, you must supply your own Medela Lactina Breastpump Kit.

If you would like access to one of the lactation rooms listed, please complete the Lactation Accommodation Program Registration Questionnaire. Some rooms require a key which will be issued to you by the Coordinator.

We ask that all Lactation Accommodation Program Members wipe up spills and help keep the rooms clean to ensure a sanitary environment for other users.

Should you encounter a room with maintenance-related problems or unsanitary conditions, please inform the Lactation Accommodation Program Coordinator.

Lactation Breaks

Nursing mothers wishing to express milk while at work should request and arrange with their supervisor appropriate and reasonable break times for lactation purposes. Generally, nursing mothers need 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per day. To accommodate an employee’s desire to breastfeed or express milk:

  • The University will provide a reasonable amount of break time
  • The time may run concurrently with an employee's paid rest break
  • The University will make a separate break time available if it is not possible for the lactation break to run concurrently with the employee's existing rest period. For non-exempt employees, this separate break time is unpaid time as it is not considered time worked or time on pay status.

Responding to a Request for Lactation Time or Place

Lactation Time

Supervisors should attempt to provide as much schedule flexibility and break time as reasonably possible to accommodate the employee’s needs.

The typical need is for 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per day; however, the required time is impacted by individual needs and the proximity to a reasonable space for lactation; therefore, decisions should be made on a case by case basis.

Consider schedule options that would accommodate this leave time, and still allow for business needs to be accomplished. A variety of flexible work arrangements can be used for the purpose of accommodating lactation time, such as alternate start/stop times to the workday, rearranging break periods, etc.

The lactation break time may run concurrently with the employee's existing rest period. If it is not possible for a lactation break to run concurrently with the rest period, the University must make available a separate unpaid break time. For non-exempt employees, this is neither time worked nor time on pay status.

Lactation Place

The University will provide a private, secure, and sanitary area for employees to express breast milk.

Supervisors will make a reasonable effort to provide an appropriate space with an electrical outlet, which is in close proximity to the employee's work area. Appropriate locations would include the employee’s own office, another private office not in use, or any available area with a locking door where the employee can have privacy from the view of others.

A toilet stall or a room lacking privacy and a locking door is NOT an appropriate space for lactation purposes.

For more information, including Lactation Rooms on campus, please refer to “Lactation Place and Lactation Rooms” (above). Please also review UC’s Policy: Accommodations for Nursing Mothers.

Please contact Lactation Accommodation Program Coordinator for assistance or ideas on workplace accommodations.

Breast Pumps and Supplies

A Medela hospital-grade pump is provided in each lactation room on campus; however, you must supply your own Medela Lactina pump kit.

UCSB employees have several options available for obtaining a breast pump, including:

  • Purchase a Medela Pump in Style Advanced Metro Bag at the Bookstore at a discounted price.
  • Borrow a hospital-grade pump from the Lactation Accommodation Program. Pump only — you must supply your own Medela Lactina Breastpump Kit.
  • Rent or purchase equipment and supplies through your UC Medical Plan. Under the Affordable Care Act UC medical plans will provide breastfeeding support, supplies (including breast pumps) and counseling at no cost. For more information, please contact your medical plan.

Lactation Support

One-on-one consultation and support for breastfeeding mothers is available free of charge.

Please call Lactation Consultant, Kitty Maxwell at 805-682-5606.

Resources

The following are listed for your convenience; please note that UCSB does not evaluate their services and cannot make any recommendations of quality or service.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please come back later for additions to the FAQ section.

Questions? Please contact the Lactation Accommodation Program Coordinator.