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.
  • The room is located down the hall from Human Resources.
  • If the room is locked and not in use, please ask for the key at the Human Resources front desk.
  • Please see instructions for reserving this lactation room.

595 Commonwealth Avenue (School of Management) – 5th Floor Room 515

  • 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 School of Management’s Dean’s Office on the fifth floor
  • For more information about this mother’s room, please email mbda@bu.edu

Medical Campus

Yawkey Building—ACC5 (Pediatric Primary Care Clinic), Room 5U17

  • This lactation room is open to all BMC staff.
  • It is equipped with an Ameda-Egnell Elite breast pump.
  • Anyone using the pump will need to supply their own Ameda breast pump kit.

Menino Pavilion—3 West

  • Room 3706 (located across from the nursery)
  • NICU Room 3608
    • Both lactation rooms are available to all staff.

Newton Pavilion— 7 West, Room 7242

  • This lactation room is available to all staff

Dowling Building—6th floor

  • This lactation room is available to faculty, residents, and students of the Medical and Dental Schools and the School of Public Health.
  • It is equipped with an Ameda-Egnell Elite breast pump.
  • Anyone using the pump will need to supply their own Ameda breast pump kit.

Evans Building—7th floor, Room E744

  • This lactation room is available to faculty, staff, and students from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Public Health.
  • For more information about this room and scheduling, please email: emc_roomscheduling_bumc@bu.edu or call 617-638-4040
  • This room is equipped with a chair, two tables, a bathroom with a toilet and a sink, coat hooks, and an Ameda-Egnell Elite model breast pump.
  • Anyone using the pump will need to supply their own Ameda breast pump kit.
  • The room also has six small lockers (approximately 8 cubic inches) available for storage.  Users must provide their own locks.

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