Recognizing the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for working parents and their infants and in promoting a family-friendly work environment, Harvard provides more than 45 lactation rooms across the University. Any Harvard-affiliated nursing parent, including faculty, staff, students, and spouses/partners who are breastfeeding, can register to use a Harvard lactation room.
All University-sponsored rooms have a hospital-grade Medela Symphony pump, for which you will need to provide your own Medela accessory kit. Accessory 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. Many rooms also have a separate space for the use of your own pump.
PLEASE NOTE: Campus Lactation Room System Enhancements – soft launch April 1, 2020. Register using buttons below.
Enhancements to the campus-wide lactation-room system take effect on April 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 disruptions, however, we are rolling these out slightly differently than we had planned.
If you are still on campus and are using campus lactation rooms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure that the system is meeting your needs during this time.
We ask all users, current and future, to note the following:
- All reservations must be made through RoomBook as of April 1. Local Outlook/Google/paper calendars will be removed on March 31st.
Current Users: Working with room coordinators around campus, we are gathering a list of all current registered lactation-room users’ email addresses. This list will be uploaded to RoomBook and you will be given a RoomBook account (if you don’t already have one) and access to the private Lactation Room template. You will get an email confirming that this has happened. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at email@example.com.
While campus is closed, please familiarize yourself with RoomBook and take note of rooms convenient to your work place. We are here to help if you need it. When plans to re-open campus become clear, please go ahead and create your room reservations, keeping in mind that you cannot make recurring schedules for more than six months.
New Users: Register using the buttons below. Instructions will follow via email.
- Access will be granted to lactation rooms University-wide. Within RoomBook, you will be able to see all necessary steps to gain access to specific rooms. Where applicable, your Harvard ID card will give you access to rooms via card-tap devices. This initial clearance will last six months, but is renewable.
If you have questions before or during this transition process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Once, Campus-wide
Complete a registration form, below. You will receive an automated confirmation email that includes follow-up instructions, which include how to find, reserve, and access all laction rooms across campus.
See Lactation Room Locations on a Map
Interactive map to see the locations of formal campus lactation rooms will be available soon.
Provide Feedback on Lactation Rooms
Please help us improve the lactation room system: use this form to let us know what's working and what needs attention in lactation rooms around campus.
- Nursing Parents in the Workplace: Harvard Guidelines and Policies
- Lactation Room Consultation: Departments interested in enhancing a lactation room or developing a new one should contact the Office of Work/Life for room guideline information, best practices, and amenities standards.
About the Lactation Room Project
Supported by the President's Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) 2019-2020
Acting on feedback from nursing parents that the system of lactation rooms around campus was fragmented and outdated, the University committed to improving the registration, reservation, and access processes. This enhanced system will better support faculty, students, and staff who are trying to balance their work and their parenting needs as their schedule takes them around campus.
This effort was the subject of a successful PAIF grant in 2019. Please visit the PAIF site to learn more about this project.