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We understand your needs

From figuring out how to purchase a breast pump to finding a secure, private space to pump on campus to the work flexibility needed to take longer breaks if needed — we’re here to help.

UK encourages and supports breastfeeding and lactation in the workplace. We created lactation guidelines to help educate leaders and supervisors about your needs.

Breast pumps: cost and suppliers

All UK health insurance members have the cost of one breast pump per pregnancy covered by health insurance.

Dedicated lactation rooms

Private and equipped with electrical outlets, we’ve designated many lactation rooms on campus.

Support for flex time

We support you to take necessary breaks for pumping and to use occasional flex time if needed.

Our university-wide guidelines support you

Shared with university leaders and supervisors

We’re committed to providing education and resources to department chairs and supervisors to encourage support of breastfeeding in the workplace. In addition to aligning with federal guidelines, we created guidelines to support lactation specifically at UK.

> Federal guidelines for lactation in the workplace

Created many lactation spaces on campus

We know balancing lactation with work can be a challenge, which is why we’re ensuring your work environment makes it a bit easier. We’ve added many dedicated lactation spaces in areas all across campus.

> See our list of locations

UK Guidelines: Lactation For supervisors and employees

Lactation typically requires two or three breaks during an eight-hour work day which can take 20-30 minutes, or longer depending on the individual. Supervisors, provide reasonable and flexible break times each day for this activity when an employee returns to work after the birth of a child.

Locate a lactation space near you on campus

How to search using the campus map

1. Click Find a Location at the top.
2. Scroll down and click on Building Amenities.
3. Click on Lactation Rooms and slide the button to Show Lactation Rooms.
4. Click on the mother/baby icon on the map for the room number and additional information.

> Explore the campus map

All lactation rooms

We have more than 20 designated lactation spaces across campus. Other temporary spaces may be available or offered to accommodate your needs. Any private office or conference room may be used. Need assistance? Please contact us and we’ll help you find a space nearby.

> Contact us

2317 Alumni Park Plaza, lactation space

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.

Agriculture Science Center North, room N-204

This lactation space is located inside the entrance of the women’s restroom on the 2nd floor (N-204).

It is equipped with a door separating it from the restroom with a deadbolt lock and an occupied/vacant sign. There is an electrical outlet, couch, table, and access to running water.

No reservations are needed. Call Megan Lucy for assistance at (859) 257-7249.

College of Law, room 093

The College of Law is located at 620 South Limestone. Room 093 is on the basement level. Please contact Alina Emen at alina.emen@uky.edu or Jayme Ware at virginia.ware@uky.edu if you have questions.

College of Nursing, room 604

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.

College of Public Health, room 215A

TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

This is a dedicated lactation space in room 215A.

Anyone needing to use this room will get the key in room 212.

Contact: Bonnie Gay, 859-218-2330.

Erikson Hall, room 212

Access is arranged through the administrative offices for the School of Human Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Office. Schedule access to the space in advance by emailing ruth.cremeans@uky.edu or s.gililland@uky.edu or by calling (859) 257-3887.

Frank D. Peterson Service Building, room 201A

This locked lactation space, Room 201A, is located on the 2nd floor and is adjacent to the women's restroom.

Contact kanesha.rice@uky.edu for questions and reservations. The key is available in 108 Peterson.

Gatton College of Business and Economics, room 427

This lactation space is located on the 4th floor in room 427.

The room remains locked and is accessible by badge access only. More info is available on Gatton's facilities page (scroll down to bottom).

Contact and reservations: To arrange for access and sign up to use the room, email R2D2@uky.edu. Melissa Beaven (Suite 337) may also be contacted at (859) 257-3069.

Gatton Student Center, room A130F

Three lactation spaces are located on each of the three floors in the following rooms: A130F (Level 1), A211 (Level 2) and A320 (Level 3). The rooms are unlocked unless they are in use.

No reservations are necessary.

Gatton Student Center, room A211

Three lactation spaces are located on each of the three floors in the following rooms: A130F (Level 1), A211 (Level 2) and A320 (Level 3). The rooms are unlocked unless they are in use.

No reservations are necessary.

Gatton Student Center, room A320

Three lactation spaces are located on each of the three floors in the following rooms: A130F (Level 1), A211 (Level 2) and A320 (Level 3). The rooms are unlocked unless they are in use. ​

No reservations are necessary.

Good Samaritan Hospital, room B103A

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, and it is also available by calling the Administration Office at (859) 226-7150 or asking Security for access.

Healthy Kentucky Research Building, room 305

Room 305 - Lactation Room

Contact and reservations: The room is unlocked unless it is in use. No reservations are necessary.

  • Accessible to the public
  • Chair, sink, and refrigerator for storage
  • Regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kentucky Clinic, room K008

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, room 207

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.

Patterson Office Tower, room 214A

This lactation space is located in Patterson Office Tower 214A (second floor).

You can access the room via the kitchen between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 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 273 or 202 in the Dean’s office to have someone show you the room.

For questions and reservations, contact Jennifer White at (859) 257-4727 or jen.white@uky.edu.

Scovell Hall, lactation space

This space is located on the first floor and provides a private, separated space for up to two employees. No key is needed.

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital - Pavilion A, lactation spaces

There are quiet rooms available on floors 6-10 in Pav A for lactation use when needed.

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.

​Ask the clerk at the desk for access. Mothers must bring their own pumps and supplies. 

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, room N301G

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 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.

UK HealthCare at Turfland, room T1006

This dedicated lactation space is located in Room T1006, right behind the main registration area -- and is available for both employee and patient use.

W.T. Young Library, room B-82

Available hours are based upon the W.T. Young Library building hours. The room is equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and has wireless Internet access. There is no sink or refrigerator, and users must supply their own pump. Room users are asked to limit their visit to one hour. Patrons can request a key to the lactation room at the circulation desk on the first floor. Please contact Terri Brown at terri.brown@uky.edu or (859) 218-1899 for any questions.  

Updates

July 20, 2020 COVID-19 guidelines implemented to ensure clean, safe lactation spaces

As the university continues through the reopening phases, lactation rooms have and will remain open and users will have to follow new health protocols for COVID-19. The guidelines from Environmental Health and Safety require all rooms to be single-user spaces and to ensure all rooms are cleaned and stocked with the necessary supplies.

September 23, 2013 UK Lactation Guidelines

Upon returning to work after the birth of a child, employees may need to pump breast milk on-site. Supervisors, provide reasonable and flexible break times each day for this activity.

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Work-Life

Reach out to our office for information on programming and resources for working parents.

Contact our office

Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(859) 257-8763
worklife@uky.edu