Employee Services

Lactation Support Program

***From the CDC: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019***

The University of California recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their infants. UCSB is committed to providing the information and support needed if you choose to breastfeed or express milk. Lactation accommodations are a right under California law, Labor Code Section 1030-1034.

 

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. California Labor Code 1031 outlines the basic requirements for lactation spaces, including the following: 

  • (a) An employer shall provide an employee with the use of a room or other location for the employee to express milk in private. The room or location may include the place where the employee normally works if it otherwise meets the requirements of this section.
  • (b) A lactation room or location shall not be a bathroom and shall be in close proximity to the employee’s work area, shielded from view, and free from intrusion while the employee is expressing milk.
  • (c) A lactation room or location shall comply with all of the following requirements:
  1. Be safe, clean, and free of hazardous materials, as defined in Section 6382.
  2. Contain a surface to place a breast pump and personal items.
  3. Contain a place to sit.
  4. Have access to electricity or alternative devices, including, but not limited to, extension cords or charging stations, needed to operate an electric or battery-powered breast pump.
  • (d) The employer shall provide access to a sink with running water and a refrigerator suitable for storing milk in close proximity to the employee’s workspace. If a refrigerator cannot be provided, an employer may provide another cooling device suitable for storing milk, such as an employer-provided cooler.
  • (e) Where a multipurpose room is used for lactation, among other uses, the use of the room for lactation shall take precedence over the other uses, but only for the time it is in use for lactation purposes.

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

Lactation Room Requirements & Recommendations

Ad Hoc Space

This may be the mother's own office or a multi-purpose space (such as a conference room, vacant office, storeroom, or someone else's office) adapted on a temporary basis for the purposes of pumping or breastfeeding. The minimum requirements are:     

  • Door that locks
  • Electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump
  • Good lighting and ventilation
  • Comfortable chair
  • Countertop or table for breast pump and supplies
  • "Occupied" sign for the door
  • Wastebasket
  • Door sign

Dedicated Lactation Rooms

A room designed and used only for pumping or breastfeeding. Basic lactation room/single user (minimum dimensions 4’ x 5’) At minimum:

  • Door that locks
  • Electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump
  • Good lighting and ventilation
  • Comfortable chair, preferably adjustable height with good back support
  • Countertop or table for breastpump and supplies
  • "Occupied" sign for the door
  • Wastebasket, chemical cleaner for surfaces, cleaner for hands, routine maintenance
  • Nearby sink for washing hands and pump parts
  • Assigned coordinator to help with access and oversight

Recommended lactation room/single user (minimum dimensions 6’ x 8’ or 7’ x 7’)
All the requirements of the Basic Lactation Room (see above) plus:

  • Footrest
  • Sink for washing hands, pump, and tubing, with soap and paper towels
  • Compact refrigerator with freezer compartment to store cold packs and milk
  • Multi-user hospital-grade breast pump (mothers provide their own collection kits)
  • Reservation system (electronic calendar, sign-in sheet, or dry-erase board)
  • chemical cleaner for surfaces, chemical cleaner for hands, routine daily maintenance
  • Lockable storage for personal belongings
  • Clock, and small mirror to help check and readjust clothing before returning to work
  • Décor (artwork, soft lighting), and educational resources (bulletin board, pamphlets, books)

Recommended lactation room/multi-user (minimum dimensions 12’ x 16’)
All the requirements of the Recommended Lactation Room (see above), plus:

  • Second chair and footrest
  • Screen or partition to section off private areas during peak times
  • Second multi-user hospital-grade breast pump

Published Lactation Rooms

There are several published lactation rooms on campus:

Kerr Hall — Room 2172C. 

Ellison Hall — Room 3725A. 

Noble Hall — Room 2121. 

Life Sciences — Room 4318. 

Davidson Library — Room 2549 (Hours). A hospital-grade Medela breast pump is available in this room, however you must supply your own personal attachments. 

Music Library — Room 2407B (Hours). 

Student Resource Building — Room 1201. A hospital-grade Medela breast pump is available in this room, however you must supply your own personal attachments.

Kohn Hall - Room 1118.

Some lactation rooms are equipped with hospital-grade Medela breast pumps, however, you must supply your own Medela Lactina Breastpump Kit (personal attachments).

If you would like access to one of the lactation rooms listed, please

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.

We want your pumping experience to be as relaxing as possible, should you encounter a room with maintenance-related problems, unsanitary conditions, or missing supplies, please inform the Lactation Support Program Coordinator.

Requesting Accommodations

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 8-hour day. If you need assistance coming up with a reasonable schedule or finding a place to pump, please contact Shira Minerd, Work-Life Resource Coordinator.

To accommodate an employee’s desire to breastfeed or express milk:

  • The University will provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the employee’s infant child each time the employee has need to express milk. 
  • The time shall, if possible, 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.
  • (a) The denial of reasonable break time or adequate space to express milk in accordance with Labor Code 1033 shall be deemed a failure to comply for purposes of Section 226.7. An aggrieved employee may file a complaint under this subdivision with the Labor Commissioner pursuant to Section 98.

Responding to a Request for Lactation Time or Place

Lactation accommodations are a right under California law, Labor Code Section 1030-1034. Supervisors must alert any person asking for parental leave to this webpage and the UCOP Policy PPSM 84: Accommodations for Nursing Mothers. The denial of reasonable break time or adequate space to express milk in accordance with Labor Code 1033 shall be deemed a failure to comply for purposes of Section 226.7. An aggrieved employee may file a complaint under this subdivision with the Labor Commissioner pursuant to Section 98. 

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 Support Program Coordinator for assistance regarding lactation support and accommodation.

Breast Pumps and Supplies

A Medela hospital-grade pump is provided in some of the lactation rooms 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 (subject to availability) from the Lactation Accommodation Program. Pump only — you must supply your own kit of personal attachments. 
  • 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, or visit the Ucnet website.

Lactation Support

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

Please call for breastfeeding questions or to set up an appointment with Lactation Consultant, Kitty Maxwell, RN at 805-682-5606.

Community Resources

  • La Leche League Santa Barbara Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support. Pregnant women, mothers, babies and toddlers are always welcome at meetings. Now online via Zoom! rsvp to lllofsb@gmail.com
  • Postpartum Education for Parents offers Baby Basics Classes, New Parent Groups, and a warm-line for confidential one-on-one support in English 805-564-3888, and Spanish 805-852-1595. Now available online: https://www.sbpep.org/new-parent-groups-postpartum-education-services-sa...
  • The Lactation Center (TLC) at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers Mother's Circle, a free drop-in group for moms. Information is posted under the "Community Resources" section (at the bottom of their webpage). Cottage also offers monthly Breastfeeding classes.
  • Welcome Every Baby is a home visitation program for newborns and their families in Santa Barbara County.  Since 2002, the WEB program has been providing, at no charge to the families, confidential home visits by registered nurses that are certified in lactation.  WEB focuses on the primary relationship between parents and their newborn(s).

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.

Resources

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

Campus & University Resources and Policies

Community Resources

  • La Leche League Santa Barbara Mother-to-Mother Breastfeeding Support. Pregnant women, mothers, babies and toddlers are always welcome at meetings.
  • Postpartum Education for Parents offers Baby Basics Classes, New Parent Groups, and a warm-line for confidential one-on-one support in English 805-564-3888, and Spanish 805-852-1595
  • The Lactation Center (TLC) at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers Mother's Circle, a free drop-in group for moms. Information is posted under the "Community Resources" section (at the bottom of their webpage). Cottage also offers monthly Breastfeeding classes.
  • Welcome Every Baby Home visitation program for newborns and their families in Santa Barbara County.  Since 2002, the WEB program has been providing, at no charge to the families, confidential home visits by registered nurses that are certified in lactation.  WEB focuses on the primary relationship between parents and their newborn(s).

State & National Organizations

What We're Reading!

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  • The Work-Life Equation - Bright Horizons podcast. 

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

Questions? Please contact the Lactation Support Program Coordinator.