Expectant & Nursing Mothers

Berkeley Lab’s goal is to provide a supportive, family-friendly work environment. To accommodate nursing mothers, we have a Lactation Accommodation Program that provides the time and space for your needs.

Berkeley Lab respects and supports the needs of nursing mothers by allowing adequate time at an appropriate location for your needs.

You are permitted a reasonable amount of time to express breast milk during work hours. You may take a lactation break, concurrent with your scheduled rest periods, or unpaid time during other parts of the work day. Supervisors are encouraged to consider flexible scheduling to accommodate your lactation needs.

Temporary blue triangle parking privileges are available for expectant mothers. To initiate a request for this temporary accommodation, complete the Expectant Mother Parking Form and return to the FML/Disability Specialist.

Lactation Rooms

We understand your need for privacy, and we try to provide appropriate space near your work area. The Lab has designated lactation rooms for your convenience. If your work area is far from a designated lactation room, you may request alternative accommodation from your supervisor, such as an employee’s office or conference room with a locking door. To ensure privacy, you may post a sign on the door asking for uninterrupted time in the room.

All onsite and offsite lactation rooms have a dedicated hospital-grade pump. To view instructions on how to use the Ameda Elite Electric Breast Pump, model # 17608, please view this instructional video: http://www.ameda.com/healthcare-professionals/videos/elite-with-hygienikit. A brief manual will also be placed in each room.

There will be no ‘check-out’ system, as the pumps will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure that the pumps remain in good working condition, please handle with care and clean up after use.

Ameda personal kits (Ameda Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System w/One Hand Breast Pump Adapter) can be purchased from Amazon.com, Target, or other stores. Please do not try to attach your personal kit from different models, since it will damage the pump, and there are no plans for replacement.

All rooms can be reserved via Berkeley Lab’s Google Calendar. To reserve, click “Rooms” in the calendar event invitation, type in “lactation” in the search bar, and a list of lactation rooms will appear

Questions about the lactation room in your building?

Please contact your building manager or the DEI office: dei@lbl.gov