The University of Kentucky has Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Guidelines in place to encourage and support mothers in the workplace. UK Work-Life is committed to assisting mothers who choose to breastfeed in finding an easily accessible, secure space. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Privacy - A private office (with lock) or an on-site, designated room with an electrical outlet.
Flexible breaks and work options - Breastfeeding mothers will need 2-3 breaks during an 8-hour work day. On average, milk expression can take approximately 20 – 30 minutes but will vary from mother to mother, depending upon a number of factors such as physical health, emotional and physical stress, milk production, prior experience with lactation, and equipment.
Education - Information and resources to support the mother (and father) in balancing the requirements for breastfeeding with their job responsibilities.
Support - A positive, accepting attitude from upper management, supervisors and coworkers helps breastfeeding employees feel confident in their ability to continue working while breastfeeding.
Obtaining a Breast Pump
The preventive care provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that health plans must cover one breast pump per pregnancy with no cost sharing for female members (i.e. there is no cost to UK employees covered by a UK Healthplan). Please note that not all pumps are fully covered by insurance. Depending on which breast pump an employee chooses, there may be an upgrade fee ($30 - $150). Please ask the supplier about all possible brand options and total costs. Employees are responsible for all applicable taxes.
Approximately 30 days prior to your due date or anytime following delivery, obtain a prescription from your pediatrician or OB/GYN for a double electric breast pump.
Contact one of the medical suppliers listed below. Please have your insurance card and prescription available when you call.
- VDT Turning Point @ Grogan's: (859) 254-6661 (1016 South Broadway at Virginia Avenue, Lexington). For ease of service, you can also fill out and fax THIS form to the number listed on the document BEFORE you call Grogan's.
- ABLEcare, Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment: (859) 253-5353 (599 Gold Rush Road, Lexington)
- Bluegrass Oxygen, (859) 685-6813 or (859) 277-2583, email@example.com
Suppliers outside of Lexington:
3. The medical supplier will ship the new breast pump to you or will provide options for pick-up.
Finding A Space
Currently, these are the designated lactation spaces across campus. Other temporary spaces may be available or offered to accomodate an employee's needs. If you need help locating a temporary space or need to report a problem with a current space, please contact the Work-Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view locations of lactation spaces on the UK interactive map follow these steps:
- Click "Find a Location" at the top.
- Scroll down and click on "Building Amenities."
- Click on "Lactation Rooms" and slide the button to "Show Lactation Rooms."
- Click on the mother/baby icon(s) on the map, and additional information about the lactation space(s) will show on the right hand side.
2317 Alumni Park Plaza
This dedicated lactation space is located on the first floor of the 2317 building. From the first floor lobby and immediately to the right of the elevator is a door that goes to the breakroom; after entering that door, the lactation room is the second door on the right. The door is equipped with a dead bolt lock and occupied/vacant signage on the outside of the room. No reservations are necessary.
College of Nursing
This dedicated lactation space is located on the 6th floor of the College of Nursing in room 604. The key and sign in/out sheet is available at the front desk of the computer study room (also on the 6th floor). Please return this key to the front desk after you leave the room. There is also a sign-in and waiver sheet inside the room for mothers to sign.
This dedicated mother's room is located on the second floor in room 212 of Erikson Hall. The key and sign in/out sheet is available at the front desk in 102 Erikson Hall.
Contact: For more information, please call (859) 257-3887.
Gatton College of Business & Economics
This lactation space is located on the 4th floor in room 427. The mother's room remains locked and is accessible by badge access only. More info available on Gatton's facilities webpage (scroll down to bottom).
Contact and reservations: To arrange for access and sign up to use the room, e-mail R2D2@uky.edu. Melissa Beaven (Suite 337) at (859) 257-3069 may also be contacted.
Gatton Student Center
This lactation spaces are located on each of the three floors in the following rooms: A130F (Level 1); A211 (Level 2); and A320 (Level 3).
Contact and reservations: The rooms are unlocked unless they are in use. No reservations are necessary.
This lactation space is on the ground floor of the Kentucky Clinic in room K008. You can access this room 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; it is closed on the weekends. To use the room, stop by the information desk on the first floor of the Kentucky Clinic (Limestone entrance) and sign-out the key; please return this key to the information desk after you leave.
Contact and reservations: Kentucky Clinic Information Desk located on the first floor (Limestone entrance) at (859) 257-9805. Reservations can be made in person at the Information Desk.
Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center
This dedicated lactation space is located past the first set of doors in the 2nd floor women's restroom in room number 207. The building's street address is 1401 University Drive. There is a locking door for the lactation space, in addition to the doors separating it from the hall and the main part of the women's restroom. There is an occupied/vacant sign on the door.
Contact and reservations: For more information, call (859) 257-5151. No reservations are needed.
Moms Express, Chandler Hospital
This lactation space is located in room N301G, and is easily accessible by taking Elevator C to the third floor. You can access this room 24/7 except for some holidays. (Please note the room is closed each day between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. for cleaning.) The room remains unlocked, but please go to the nursing station down the hall if you cannot open the door. There are two pumping stations separated by curtains and partitions. Medela Symphony hospital grade pumps are available, but mothers will need to bring their own tubing.
Contact: Lactation Department, (859) 323-4880 or beeper: (859) 330-6396, (Reservations are not available.)
Patterson Office Tower
This lactation space is located in Patterson Office Tower 214A (second floor). You can access the room via the kitchen between 7:30/8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; this space is closed on the weekends. No key is needed since the door locks from the inside. You are welcome to stop by POT 202 in the Dean’s office to have someone show you the room.
Contact and reservations: Abbie Loynachan, 859-257-1375 or email@example.com
UK Good Samaritan Hospital
This lactation space is located in Room B103A -- across from the Security/ID Badge Office on the 1st floor.
Contact and reservations: You can access this room via a key code (available by calling the Administration Office at 859-226-7150) or asking Security for access.
UK HealthCare at Turfland
This dedicated lactation space is located in Room T1006 -- right behind the main registration area -- and is available for both employee and patient use.
Pavilion A Lactation Room
There are quiet rooms available on floors 6-10 in Pav A for mothers to use when needed. Ask the clerk at the desk for access. Mothers must bring their own pumps and supplies.
Special note for 9th floor quiet rooms: There are four quiet rooms on the 9th floor (Rooms: A09.173; A09.176; A09.273; and A09.276) that are available. Mothers will need to sign out a badge access card at the information desk located on the ground floor and then take the elevator up to the 9th floor. Mothers must bring their own pumps and supplies.
Peterson Service Building
This locked lactation space, Room 201A, is located on the 2nd floor and is adjacent to the women's restroom.
Contact and Reservations: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The key is available in 108 Peterson.
This space is located on the first floor and provides a private, separated space for up to two employees. No key is needed.
W.T. Young Library
This lactation space is Room 1-96 (Corel, First Floor) and is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. via reservation. This is a multipurpose space that is also used as a small meeting room. The room has a table, chairs, and blinds in place to guarantee privacy.
Contact and reservations: Sherree Osborne, (859) 218-1088 or email@example.com. You will need to pick up the key from Sherree in Room 1-85.
If you are not close to a designated space, consider other possibilities:
an office (your own or a borrowed one)
a conference room (schedule yourself at regular times)
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