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Lactation Support Program

Human Resources, in partnership with other departments on campus, is pleased to offer the Lactation Support Program to help nursing mothers transition back to work more smoothly. This program is available to the campus community.

The success of this program depends on a few practices:

  • Employees must communicate with their supervisors regarding time needed to express milk so that reasonable accommodations may be made to satisfy both the needs of the employee and the department.
  • Supervisors are responsible for permitting reasonable paid break time for nursing mothers to use lactation rooms as needed. The frequency and duration of the break time will likely vary.
  • Employees must sanitize the designated space for lactation both before and after use. Anti-bacterial wipes will be provided for the use of lactating mothers.
  • Employees may not leave expressed milk in the lactation space for more than 24 hours. Please label milk left in refridgerators with your name, phone number, and date.

Locations on Campus

  • Puryear Hall, Room G-16: Access during normal University operating hours.
  • School of Law, Room 104: Access during normal University operating hours.
  • Weinstein Center for Recreation:
    • Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday–Friday, nursing mothers may use the Massage Therapy Room located in the Weinstein Center for Recreation to pump their breast milk.
    • After 10:00 a.m., mothers may use curtained off space located in the women’s locker room. This space is also available 7:00–10:00 a.m. if the Massage Therapy Room is occupied. Please see someone at the Front Desk with questions about access to the women’s locker room. Please note: a refrigerator is not available at this location.
  • Robins Center: This location is available only for Athletics staff, as well as other staff assigned to work in the Robins Center, due to the access code required for this location. Please contact Kate Sirc or Jack McCarroll in the Athletics Business Office with questions.

Please contact URHR at URHR@richmond.edu or 804-289-8747 with questions regarding this program.

Resources for Breast Feeding or Pregnant Employees