Parenting Supports, Lactation Support

To help you connect with other parents we suggest:

  • Harvard Neighbors hosts a range of interest groups for faculty and staff and their families, including an infant-toddler playgroup.
     
  • Harvard Students Spouses and Partners Association. Open to spouses and partners of all Harvard students.
     
  • Work/Life Conversations: This interactive, community-based site lets you ask questions and participate in conversations on child care, parenting, schools, camps, and more.  (For staff and faculty login with Harvard Key.)
     
  • Graduate Students Parents List. Open to students at Harvard who are parents.
     
  • WATCH (Web Access to Care at Harvard) online portal connects faculty, staff, and student parents with Harvard students and affiliates who want to provide long- and short-term child care, including occasional babysitting. (The WATCH portal also lists services such as pet care and yard work.)

New Parents - Special Support Through Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Going back to work after having or adopting a child can be challenging for all parents. Harvard’s EAP provides support and resources to ease this transition. Harvard’s EAP provides unlimited telephonic counseling with licensed clinicians that can support new parents who may be experiencing a variety of emotions and/or difficulties adapting to this change. These clinicians can provide information around various issues that coincide with having a new child (i.e. postpartum depression, anxiety, stress management, marital issues, sleep challenges, etc.).

Not only can bringing a new child into the family system lead to an increased need for mental health assistance, but it can also provide concerns around childcare for working parents. Harvard’s EAP has work-life specialists that can make searching for childcare options easy for new parents. Harvard’s EAP can provide resources around different types of childcare, whether this is in the home or outside of the home.

To learn more about this program, please contact the EAP at 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278) to get started.  You can also visit the child care and parenting section of the EAP's website.

Lactation Support
Recognizing the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for working mothers and their infants and and in promoting a family-friendly work environment, Harvard provides more than 25 lactation rooms (also called mothers’ rooms) across the University. Any Harvard-affiliated nursing mother, including faculty, staff, students, and spouses/partners who are breastfeeding, can register to use a Harvard lactation room.

All rooms have a hospital-grade Medela pump, for which you will need to provide your own Medela/Lactina attachments. Many rooms have a separate space for the use of your own pump. (Attachment kits can be purchased from University Health Services Pharmacy in the Smith Campus Center for approximately $35. They can also be purchased online or from other local pharmacies.)

For more information on our on-campus lactation rooms:

Lactation Room Locations & Contact Information

Lactation rooms can be found in the following locations. Please contact the appropriate lactation room manager for registration prior to use.

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge - Map

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (two pumps) and Medela Lactina (one pump)

114 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge - Map

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

Observatory/Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge - Map

  • Antonella Fruscione: 617-496-7851
  • Pump in room: Medela Lactina (one pump)

Biolabs, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge - Map

  • Renate Hellmiss: hellmiss@fas.harvard.edu (preferred) or 617-496-9159
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (two pumps) and Medela Lactina (one pump)

Northwest Building, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge - Map

  • Jesselynn Opie: jopie@fas.harvard.edu
    NOTE: 24 hour notice needed for activation of HUID card for door access
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

CGIS/Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge - Map

  • Bettina Burch: bburch@fas.harvard.edu (preferred) or 617-495-9114
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump) and Medela Lactina (one pump)

School of Education, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge - Map

  • Alex Galindo: 617-495-8035
  • Please note that a special access ID card will be needed for the room
  • Pump in room: Medela Lactina (one pump)

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - SEAS-South, 20 University Road - Map

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
    Registration form. Instructions (including exact location) will be emailed upon registration
    NOTE: 24 hour notice needed for activation of HUID card for floor access
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony

1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge - Map

  • Michelle Provost: michelle_provost@harvard.edu
    Instructions (including exact location) will be emailed upon registration
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

Harvard Law School, Cambridge Campus

  • Areeda Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue - Map and Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue - Map
  • Dean of Students Office: dos@law.harvard.edu
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

Harvard Business School, Allston Campus

  • Teele Hall: 60 N. Harvard St: Room 204 - Map
    Agatha Babbitt, HBS Human Resources: 617-495-6115
    Pump in room: Medela Lactina
  • Spangler Center, Soldiers Field, Allston: Rooms 221 and 229 - Map,
    Aldrich Hall, 35 Harvard Way: Room 250 - Map
    and Cumnock Hall, 33 Harvard Way: Room 201A - Map
    • Register with Operations Service Counter (Shad Hall) to obtain a key
    • opsservicecounter@hbs.edu or 617-495-6814
    • Lactation rooms are equipped with a Medela Lactina pump (please purchase and bring your own accessories), refrigerator and a comfortable chair.

Harvard Divinity School, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave. - Map

  • Dawn Hicks, 617-495-5673
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump) and Medela Lactina (one pump)

Longwood Medical Area - Map

  • Nine locations across campus
  • Human Resources Customer Service: 617-432-2035
  • More information can be found at their web site

Harvard Forest, Shaler Hall, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham - Map

  • Kristina Stinson: 978-657-6184
  • Pump in room: Medela Lactina (one pump)

Harvard Kennedy School

  • 79 John F. Kennedy St., Taubman Building, Cambridge - Map
  • Contact: Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

Widener Library, Ground Floor, Sage Café - Map

  • Please bring your University ID to access the Library
  • Contact: Barbara Jump at jump@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-9777
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump)

If you would like to create a lactation room in your building, the Office of Work/Life can help you make the business case for providing protected space for nursing mothers and provide you with a hospital-grade pump available at no cost (a $900 value) though supplies are limited. Please contact us at worklife@harvard.edu or call 617-495-4100 for details, including a document outlining the minimum room requirements. 

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