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Lactation in the Workplace

What You Need to Know: 

The University of Kentucky has Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Guidelines in place to encourage and support mothers across the University. UK Work-Life is committed to assisting mothers who choose to breastfeed in finding an easily accessible, secure space. Although the below information refers to UK faculty and staff, all mother's rooms are also open for student use. E-mail erikachambers@uky.edu or call us at 859-218-0461 for more information.

Basic Needs

  • 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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. Contact one of the medical suppliers listed below. Please have your insurance card and prescription available when you call. 

Local Suppliers:

  • 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)

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 Erika Chambers, Director, UK Work-Life, at (859) 257-1003 or erikachambers@uky.edu

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 abbie.loynachan@uky.edu 

 

Kentucky Clinic

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 1st floor of the Kentucky Clinic and sign-out the key; please return this key to the information desk after you leave.
Contact and reservations: Kentucky Clinic Information Desk at (859) 257-9805. Reservations can be made in person at the Information Desk.

 

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. The room remains unlocked, but please go to the nursing station down the hall if you cannot open the door. There are three pumping stations separated by curtains and partitions. Medela Symphony hospital grade pumps are available, but mothers will need to bring their own tubing.
Contact and reservations: Lactation Department, (859) 323-4880 or beeper: (859) 330-6396, (Reservations are not available.)

 

Pavilion A Lactation Room

This lactation space is located in Tower 1, 6th Floor, ICU Room #A06180. 
 

 

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.

 

Peterson Service Building

This lactation space is located on the 2nd floor. 
Contact and Reservations: Katie Bailey, (859) 218-5131 

 

Scovell Hall

Opening December 15, 2014. 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. You will need a key to gain access to this room. Contact information is listed below. The room has a table, chairs, and blinds in place to guarantee privacy. 
Contact and reservations: Sherree Osborne, (859) 218-1088 or sosbo3@uky.edu. You will need to pick up the key from Sherree in Room 1-85. 

 

Alternatives

If you are not close to a designated space, consider other possibilities:

 

Lactation Resources & Links

Where to find breastfeeding help and support. Read more.

UK HealthCare Birthing Center Emerges a Leader in Maternal Care Services

UK HealthCare Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care

 

Employee Success Stories

UK employees offer suggestions on how to continue breastfeeding after you return to work. Learn more.