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Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Policy Title: Lactation Accommodation Policy
Type of Policy: UFHR – ER
Last Revised: September 25, 2018

  1. Purpose
    The purpose of this policy is to set forth the University of Florida’s commitment to establishing and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.
    This policy provides support for students, faculty, and staff who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work following the birth of the child.
  2. Scope
    This policy applies to all University of Florida employees who are nursing mothers returning to work after the birth of a child and their supervisors.
  3. Policy Statement
    The University of Florida supports and encourages breastfeeding for nursing mothers upon their return to work. Supervisors of such employees are responsible for making appropriate accommodations to allow employees the flexibility and privacy to express (pump) breastmilk, as needed.
    Upon returning to work after the birth of a child, nursing mothers may request an area to express (pump) breastmilk in the workplace during normal business hours. Since this activity requires a private location and short periods away from their duties, supervisors should make every effort to support their employee’s request. Supervisors are to allow these employees the ability to flex their schedules during this transition.
  4. Procedures
    UF currently maintains several lactation rooms on campus. These rooms are available for all UF students, faculty, and staff, and are designed for comfort, convenience and privacy.
    Departments are encouraged to provide lactation spaces in a convenient location within their facilities. Lactation rooms are strongly encouraged to have, at minimum, the following accommodations:

    • An electrical outlet
    • A lockable door
    • A comfortable chair
    • A sink

    Nursing mothers are encouraged to contact their HR Liaison or UFHR to identify the nearest lactation room or suitable space that can be used as a lactation room (restrooms are not a suitable space) that will suit the needs of the employee and business operation. The current list of Lactation Rooms can be accessed via this link https://campusmap.ufl.edu/#/index and clicking on Wellness and Lactation Rooms.

    The employee is responsible for requesting appropriate arrangements with their supervisor to ensure that normal business activities are not severely disrupted and their assigned tasks are completed as expected.

    Supervisors are responsible for making the appropriate accommodations and assist in providing a positive atmosphere supportive for breastfeeding mothers.

    This policy does not extend to permitting infants in the workplace.

  5. Policy Inquiries
    The following is the department, office, or individual is responsible for overseeing implementation of and assuring compliance with this policy. Any individual with questions about the policy should contact the following department:UFHR – Employee Relations
    903 W. University Avenue
    P.O. Box 115000
    Gainesville, FL 32611
    Phone: (352) 392-1072
    Email: EmployeeRelations@hr.ufl.edu (to expedite a response, please include the phrase “Breastfeeding/Lactation Rooms” in the subject line of any email inquiries or reports)
  6. Enforcement
    Failure to comply with this policy could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Resources
Lactation Room Signage – 8 1/2 x 11 sign (PDF)
Lactation Room Signage – Door Hangar (PDF)

UF currently maintains several lactation rooms on campus. These rooms are available for all UF students, faculty and staff, and are designed for comfort, convenience and privacy.

Current Lactation Rooms
Library West, Room 252C
Veterinary Sciences, Room VS-006E
IFAS Animal Sciences, Room 253
Dickinson Hall, Room 365
Marston Science Library, Room 307
J. Wayne Reitz Student Union, Room R294E
UF Law School, Room HOL204
Mobile Pod, Health Science Center (near the Pharmacy)
UF Innovate (formerly known as the Innovation Hub), 747 SW 2nd Ave Room 163
Communicore Building (second floor, just outside the Health Science Center Library entrance)
1300 Fifield Hall

Related Information
UF Reg. 1.006, Non-Discrimination/Harassment/Invasion of Privacy Policies
UFHR Policy – Children in the Workplace
Dean of Students Office Information – Students with Children
US Dept. of Labor – Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Policy History

Revision Date Author Description
09-25-2018 UFHR – Employee Relations General policy update and adoption of UF HR policy template