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 parents and their infants and in promoting a family-friendly work environment, Harvard provides more than 30 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 Work/Life sponsored rooms have a hospital-grade Medela Symphony pump, for which you will need to provide your own Medela attachment kit. 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. Many rooms also have a separate space for the use of your own pump.

For more information on campus lactation rooms:

Below is the directory of formal campus lactation rooms grouped according to general campus location. Please contact the appropriate lactation room manager for registration and information prior to use.

Cambridge Campus:

Harvard Yard / Harvard Square, Cambridge

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

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration. HUID access is required for door card reader.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (three pumps). In-room fridge and sink.

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)

West of JFK Street / Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

114 Mount Auburn Street - Map

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration. HUID access is required for door card reader.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge and sink.

  Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street - Map

  • Natalie Beaumont-Smith: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Please click here for registration. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • Littauer Building
    • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (three pumps). In-room fridge and sink.
  • Taubman Building
    • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge and sink.

 Graduate 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
  • Instructions (including exact location) will be emailed upon registration
  • NOTE: 24 hour notice needed for activation of HUID card for floor access

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

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

North of Cambridge Street, Cambridge

 

Biolabs Building, 16 Divinity Avenue - 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 - Map

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

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

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

  CGIS/Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street - Map

  • Bettina Burch: bburch@fas.harvard.edu (preferred) or 617-495-9114
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (two pumps). In-room fridge and sink.

Harvard Law School

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

Riverside / outer Harvard Square, Cambridge

 

1033 Massachusetts Avenue - Map

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

Blackstone Complex, 46 Blackstone Street - Map

784 Memorial Drive - Map

Allston Campus, Harvard Business School

Teele Hall: 60 N. Harvard Street - Map

  • Agatha Babbitt, HBS Human Resources: 617-495-6115
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony

  Spangler Center, Soldiers Field - Map

  • Rooms 221 and 229
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge.

Aldrich Hall, 35 Harvard Way - Map

Cumnock Hall, 33 Harvard Way - Map

Harvard Longwood Campus

  • Thirteen locations
  • Human Resources Customer Service: 617-432-2035
  • More information about locations, logistics, and support can be found here

Satellite Locations

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, BostonMap

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

 

 

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 parents and provide you with a hospital-grade pump available at no cost (a $2,000 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.