Currently, UB has dedicated lactation rooms in the following locations:
UB has identified several rooms for dedicated lactation use, but finding sufficient appropriate space on a permanently-assigned basis can be a challenge. We are continuing to expand the number of dedicated spaces available, and this will be an ongoing goal. In the meantime, we will contact departments to find appropriate temporary space for any employee, student or guest who requires it.
Capen 565A is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Baldy 565, Capen 59, Capen 354, Cooke 128, NSC 803 and Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) 6142 can be reserved through the Office of Wellness and Work/Life Balance by requesting access on the applicable web form:
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) 6142 can be accessed within the JSMBS 6130 office suite and is typically open Monday through Friday, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm.
Student Union (SU) 325 can be reserved by requesting access at the Office of Campus Life in SU 150.
Any member of the UB community can use the lactation rooms, and can contact EDI for assistance with locating appropriate space.
Employees have the right to reasonable breaks to express breast milk as well as a private, convenient and secure place to do so. The New York State Department of Labor outlines these rights in its guidance, Rights of Nursing Mothers. These rights apply regardless of gender identity. This right is guaranteed under federal and state law, and supervisors cannot deny employees reasonable breaks to pump. Please contact EDI to discuss the situation and some options for addressing the matter.
If you feel comfortable talking with your professor, it is a good idea to be upfront about the situation and explain what is going on. It is better for your instructor to know about the situation in advance. If you don't feel comfortable speaking with your instructor directly, EDI can assist in contacting your instructor to explain the situation.
Title IX is a law that requires schools to provide equal educational opportunities to students, regardless of sex/gender. Title IX may require breastfeeding accommodations when these are necessary to ensure students can participate in their academic programs. EDI can work with you and your instructor to ensure breastfeeding accommodations that do not interfere with essential academic requirements.
Yes! We are always looking to add additional spaces. If your area has a space that is designated for lactation purposes and is not on the list, please contact us.
Life happens outside of the workplace and classroom. An inclusive environment means allowing flexibility to balance academic, work and family obligations. Contact us for a consultation if you have any questions or concerns about pregnancy accommodations, lactation arrangements, leave for child care or related matters.