Lactation Space FAQ

FAQs on Lactation Spaces

01

Where are the lactation spaces located and when are they open?

  • Hamar House - Second Floor (top of stairs)
    • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (academic year), 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (summer)
  • EERC - Next to First Floor Women's Restroom
    • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (year-round)
  • Administration Building - Behind Women's Restroom  on the South (US41) Side
    • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (year-round)

02

Do I need to register to use a lactation space?

We request that you submit a registration form if you will be using one of the lactation spaces on a regular basis.  Occasionally, a campus visitor or employee will need temporary use of a room.  Registration is not required for temporary use.  Registration forms are also available in any of the lactation spaces.

03

How do I arrange to use one of the lactation spaces?

  • You should sign up for time slots in the notebook provided in each room.  It is only necessary to sign up a week or two in advance.  If you need to use the room at a time that you have not reserved, and it is available, please add your name after the fact.
  • The person whose name appears on the schedule at a designated time has priority to use the room at that time.  Please respect the schedule of others who also use the space.
  • If you use a lactation space on a regular basis, it is your responsibility to reserve your time.
  • Please sing in on the sign-in sheet and indicate the actual time you used the space.
  • If you do not have a scheduled time or if you are not able to use the room at your scheduled time, you may come at any blank time on the schedule.

04

Are there any limitations on how the lactation spaces may be used?

  • This room is for you and other nursing moms like you.  Feel free to put up baby pictures on the bulletin board, post messages to others, or bring in articles or magazines for others to share.  The literature on parenting and child development is also for your use.
  • Please lock the door and move the sign on the door to 'In Use' when you are pumping.  change the sign back to the 'Available' position when you are finished.
  • Please do not store items in any of the cabinets.  Items left there will be removed.
  • If the room needs cleaning, contact custodial services for the building.  Notify the WorkLife Connections office with other issues. 

05

Are there pumps in the lactation spaces?

  • Breastfeeding mothers may bring their own pump to and from the lactation space on a daily basis.  We ask that you do not leave your personal pump in the rooms.  Michigan Tech is not responsible for securing personal items left in the rooms against theft or use by others.
  • All rooms will be equipped with hospital-grade Ameda Elite pumps.
  • Any attachments for the pumps in the lactation spaces need to be provided by the employee or student.  Attachments can be ordered from: www.amedadirect.com (Ameda Dual HygieniKit without BPA or DEHP), www.amazon.com, www.sears.com and other online stores.
  • If you use the Ameda pump in the lactation space, please wipe it down with the cleaning solution available in the cabinet after each use.  If you notice the cleaning solution is running low, please contact worklife@mtu.edu or 487-2416.
  • If the pump is not working correctly, call the WorkLife Connections office for advice at 487-2416 during normal working hours.
  • It is not recommended that you use the cleaning solution in the space for sanitizing your personal equipment.

06

Who can use the lactation spaces?

All students and employees are eligible to use these rooms.  We do ask that regular users of the spaces fill out a registration form.  It is important that we keep track of users for reporting purposes, as well as quality control.  

07

What equipment is in the lactation spaces?

All spaces are equipped with a comfortable rocking chair, sink with counter space, Ameda breast pump, and lockers for non-pump storage.  Spaces also have resources for breastfeeding mothers including books, magazines, brochures about breastfeeding, and early childhood learning information.  

 

Breastfeeding mothers will need to supply their own pump attachments and make arrangements to store expressed milk in a refrigerator or cooler outside of the lactation spaces.