Lactation Rooms

UAF PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES: NURSING MOTHERS ON CAMPUS

Title IX Law Statement:

“No person shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, be treated differently from another person, or otherwise be discriminated against in any interscholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics offered by a recipient, and no recipient shall provide such athletics separately on such basis.”  ~ Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

UAF supports the rights of mothers in our educational and work environment. Therefore, we will provide flexibility to allow nursing mothers to express breast milk.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

Requesting flexibility

If you are a nursing mother and wish to request a flexible schedule to express milk during your school or working hours, you should engage in a dialogue with your professor or supervisor.   You may request paid or unpaid leave or your meal times for that purpose.

Time needed

Usually a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes, three times a day should be sufficient depending on where the lactation room is located. Make sure you take under consideration the walking distance to and from your work space.

Nursing mother room space

If you cannot locate a lactation room, you may have to work with your supervisor to identify a clean, private, comfortable space that can meet your needs.   Other items to discuss and consider include an electrical outlet, a comfortable chair, a table for the breast pump, access to a sink with running water and paper towels. Since the breast-milk has to be refrigerated during the day, if no refrigerator is available, it is recommended that the mother carry cold packs for personal storage of expressed milk.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY AND SUPERVISORS

Faculty, supervisors and co-workers are reminded to respect and be sensitive to students or employee’s choice to nurse or choices a mother makes based on what she considers best for her child.

When a flexible schedule is requested

Faculty and supervisors are encouraged to work within the UAF procedures and guidelines regarding leave and breaks to make the necessary adjustments for the nursing mother who wishes to express milk during instruction or working hours. Employees can be granted paid leave, unpaid breaks, or flexibility in their meal time for this purpose.  

Amount of time requested

Generally a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes, three times, a day should be sufficient for an expressing mother.   Additional time should be allowed for travel to and from the lactation room.   Extra flexibility on schedule is recommended during the initial weeks following her return to classes or work. 

Space requirements

Employers must provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public.   In the absence of a designed lactation room, you will need to use your best effort to identify a space. The room must provide a clean, private, comfortable space with an electrical outlet. Privacy can be ensured by installing a coded lock or a sign outside the door. Included should be a comfortable chair, a table for the breast-pump, easy access to a sink with running water and paper towels, and anti-microbial wipes.   If possible, provide a small refrigerator for storage of the expressed milk.   If a refrigerator is not available, the nursing mothers can carry cold packs for personal storage of the expressed milk. 

LOCATION OF LACTATION ROOMS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

Nursing mothers on campus have access to the following private, dedicated spaces to comfortably and conveniently express milk.

CURRENT ROOMS AVAILABLE:

Butrovich Building, Room 206

Contact: Elaine Main

E-mail: emain@alaska.edu

Phone x8026

CONTACT D&EO FOR MORE INFORMATION:

907-474-7300   Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity

907-474-7393   Title IX Coordinator

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