Breastfeeding & Lactation Support

Boston University is committed to meeting the needs of mothers returning to work and ensuring that managers have the information they need to support them. This includes ensuring the availability of lactation rooms, located at:

Charles River Campus

25 Buick Street, 2nd Floor

  • This lactation room is open to BU faculty, staff, and students
  • This room will remain locked. The key can be obtained from the HR front desk.
  • To reserve time to use the room, please email leaves@bu.edu with your requested date, time, and duration. You can also request the room on a recurring basis.
  • An email confirmation for your reservation will be sent back to you within 24 hours
  • You can also walk in to HR to request to use the room and will be granted access provided there is not another reservation on the schedule

595 Commonwealth Avenue (Questrom School of Business) – 5th Floor Room 522L

  • This mother’s room is open to faculty, staff, and students of Boston University
  • To gain access to this room, please see Maria Anderson in the Questrom School of Business Dean’s Office on the fifth floor
  • For more information about this mother’s room, please email mam@bu.edu

610 Commonwealth Avenue-CILSE Building, 1st floor

  • This mother’s room is open to faculty, staff and students from 8am-6pm
  • Enter the building through the East Entrance next to Morse Auditorium and follow the hallway that leads towards 3-5 Cummington
  • The room is located on the right side before the double doors leading to 3-5 Cummington
  • To gain access to this room, please contact Kevin Gonzales at kgonzal@bu.edu

745 Commonwealth Avenue (School of Theology), Basement, Room B-99B

  • This lactation room is open to students, faculty, and staff
  • The room is located in the basement near the handicapped entrance to the building
  • This room is equipped with a sink, a small refrigerator, and a changing table
  • For access, please got to room 110 and ask Valentina Pride for the key

765 Commonwealth Avenue (School of Law), Student Affairs Office

  • This lactation room is open to LAW students, faculty, and staff
  • The room is located in the Student Affairs Office and is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm
  • For access, please speak with the staff at the Student Affairs Office

890 Commonwealth Avenue (WBUR), 3rd floor, Room 323

  • This lactation room is only open to WBUR staff
  • The room is located near the Newscast area in the WBUR office space
  • WBUR employees can access the room by speaking to the receptionist

1010 Commonwealth Avenue (BUworks)

  • This lactation room is open to faculty, staff, and students of Boston University
  • For access, please email Greg Weldon at gweldon@bu.edu

Medical Campus

Yawkey Building 4

  • Ask Unit Coordinator at reception desk for access to locked unit

Menino Pavilion – Ground Floor ED A Side Break Room

Newton Pavilion – 7 West, Room 7242

Dowling Building – 6N Room 6316

  • This room is available to Faculty, Residents, and Students of the Medical and Dental Schools and the School of Public Health
  • ID access required to access 6N, contact the BMC ID office for access by emailing DG-ID Office Mailing List

Evans Building – E7 Room 744

  • For more information about this room & scheduling, email: emc_roomscheduling_bumc@bu.eduor call 617-638-4040
  • 6 small lockers are available for storage – users must provide own locks

801 Massachusetts Avenue-Crosstown Building, 4th floor, suite 470

  • This mother’s room is open to faculty, staff and students
  • ID access is required for entry to suite 470
  • Please knock on suite door if you do not have ID access for the space in order to gain entry

Background Information

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to include the following requirements of employers with 50 or more employees:

  • Allow women reasonable, unpaid breaks to express breast milk for their child for one year after the child’s birth. This break time is given each time the woman has the need to express milk.
  • Provide a location, other than a bathroom, for women to use to express milk. This space must be shielded from view and free from intrusion by coworkers and the public.

When a lactation room is not available, a space that meets the following minimum requirements must be made available for a woman to express milk:

  • Private space, shielded from view, with a door that can be locked from the inside
  • A chair and a table to rest the breast pump and supplies
  • An electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump
  • Close proximity to a sink with hot and cold water

For More Information and Support

  • Please contact your HR Business Partner for information about returning to work after birthing or adopting a child, or supporting an employee who is returning to work.
  • If you have any questions about the lactation rooms at Boston University, please email lactroom@bu.edu.
  • The Office of Family Resources is committed to helping families manage the challenges of work life and family life. This office provides a number of resources and services to support families in the Boston University community.
  • The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office is a free, confidential resource for BU employees who may be experiencing difficulties that affect their personal life or work performance
  • Additional information about other available resources can be found on the Faculty Practice Foundation Lactation Room page