Lactation Accommodation

Congratulations on your upcoming or recent arrival!  The University is committed to promoting a family-friendly work environment by providing programs and services to help employees achieve success at work and in their personal lives. To that effect, employees and management are encouraged to be accepting of nursing mothers, and departments will provide a location and a reasonable amount of time to accommodate their lactation needs pursuant to state laws.

UC Policy: PPSM84: Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

Research continues to affirm the health and wellness benefits of providing human breast milk to babies, these benefits include:

  • Stronger immune systems to defend against bacteria and viruses
  • Nutrients designed to enhance brain and physical development
  • Unique opportunities for parent and child bonding.

Affordable Care Act

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

Blue Shield Health Savings Plan Core

Health Net Blue & Gold

Kaiser Permanente

UC Care

Western Health Advantage
877-793-3655; select Option 1 for health nurse

Effective March 23, 2010 the Federal Health Care Reform Act requires the following:

  • A “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”
  • A “place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”
  • A reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mother. The frequency of breaks needed to express milk as well as the duration of each break will likely vary.

Lactation Rooms:


  • Kolligian Library:  1st Floor of Kolligian Library.  The room is to the right of the restrooms (signs states “Shower”).  The key to access the Lactation Room is located at the Students First desk on the first floor of the Kolligian Library.
  • Classroom and Office Building:  3rd Floor, COB-338 (Shower Room)
  • Science and Engineering Building 2:  3rd Floor, SOE2-312
  • Social Sciences and Management Building:  2nd Floor, SSM-214
  • Student Activities and Athletic Center:  1st Floor, Adjacent Room in Women's Restroom (Unlocked at all times and can be locked from the interior while in use) 
  • Student Services Building (SSB):  2nd Floor, Lactation Room #2T3 includes a baby changing table inside.


  • Castle:  Room 108
  • Fresno Center:  2nd Floor, Suite 230, Office 26
  • Merced Tri-College Center:  From the reception area main entrance, the Lactation Room is the 2nd door on your right, room # TC3-E.
  • Mondo:  2nd Floor, Room 202, Slate Conference Room (Reserve this space through the calendar system)
  • Promenade:  Suite M, Room 130

These are private, clean, and safe areas for the purpose of expressing breast milk and/or breastfeeding.  The space will be in close proximity to the nursing mother’s work area, generally not more than a 5-7 minute walk.

For questions about the Lactation Rooms, please contact Leticia Aldama in the Human Resources Office at (209) 205-6010.

Responding to a Request for Time Away from Work to Express Milk

Supervisors are encouraged to work within University policies regarding breaks and hours of work to accommodate employees who wish to express milk during work hours. Generally, nursing mothers need 2-3 lactation breaks during an 8-hour work period. A reasonable amount of time for a lactation break generally will not exceed 30 minutes per break and includes the time associated with travel to and from the lactation space, expressing milk, clean up, and storage.

Decisions should therefore 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 for non-exempt employees 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.

Quick links:

Lactation Consultants