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
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.
UC Health Savings Plan
Health Net Blue & Gold
Western Health Advantage
877-793-3655; select Option 1 for health nurse
- Kolligian Library: 1st Floor of Kolligian Library. To obtain access to the Kolligian Library lactation room, please see Access Request for UCM Lactation Rooms .
- 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
- Student Services Building (SSB): 2nd Floor, Lactation Room #2T3
- Arts and Computational Sciences:2nd floor, ACS-224
- Sustainability Research and Engineering: 1st floor, SRE 143
- 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 2 nd door on your right, room # TC3-E.
- Parcade: Room 133
- Promenade: Suite M, Room 130
- Downtown Campus Center: Room 109 or 309
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 Benefits in the Human Resources Office at (209) 259-8806.
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.
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.
- U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
- California Breastfeeding Coalition
- La Leche League
- 24/7 Breastfeeding Hotline