Parenting Supports, Lactation Support

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 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 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.

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

  • Office of Work/Life: 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, The Canteen - Map

  • Please bring your University ID to access the Library
  • Contact: Alita Bombaci at abombaci@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-9777
  • Please reach out to above contact for room registration or more information.
  • Instructions (including how to access room) will be forwarded upon registration.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge and sink.

West of JFK Street / Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

114 Mount Auburn Street - Map

  • Office of Work/Life: 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

  • Office of Work/Life: 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.

One Brattle Square, Cambridge - Map

  • Office of Work/Life: 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). In-room fridge 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

  • Office of Work/Life: worklife@harvard.edu
  • Instructions (including room location) will be emailed upon registration
  • NOTE: 24 hour notice needed for activation of HUID card for after-hours floor access, if needed outside of 9-5 hours.

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

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

North of Broadway/Cambridge Streets, Cambridge

 

Sackler Building, 485 Broadway - Map

  • Office of Work/Life: worklife@harvard.edu
  • HUID access is required for door card reader. Instructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge and sink

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). In-room fridge and sink.

  School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - SEAS-North, Maxwell-Dworkin Building, 33 Oxford Street - Map

  • Office of Work/Life: worklife@harvard.eduInstructions for use (including room location) will be emailed upon registration.
  • NOTE: 24 hour notice needed for HUID access for door card reader
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge and sink.

  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

 

To request access to any of these HBS lactation rooms, please email the Operations Service Counter to request your HUID card access for the door card readers. 

Aldrich Hall, 35 Harvard Way - Map

  • Room 250 - two spaces.
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (two pumps). In-room fridge.

Cumnock Hall, 33 Harvard Way - Map

  • Room 201A
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge.

  Spangler Center, Soldiers Field - Map

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

Teele Hall: 60 N. Harvard Street - Map

  • Room 204
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge.

 Travis Street: 25 Travis Street - Map

  • Room 319
  • Pump in room: Medela Symphony (one pump). In-room fridge.

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, Weld Hill Research Center, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale, MA – Map

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. 

Support for New Parents

To help you connect with other parents we suggest:

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.