Lactation Support

UB has clean, private and comfortable space for nursing parents.  If the rooms that are listed below are not convenient, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) will also work with students, employees and members of the UB community to find appropriate space.

Lactation Rooms

North Campus

A room with a chair, table, shelves and pictures of babies.

Baldy 565.  This room is secured by a keypad lock.  It has two chairs, a table and window blinds that can close for privacy.

available chair, ottoman, and small table in Capen 59.

Capen 59.  This room is located in the hallway behind 1Capen.  This room has a chair, ottoman, and a small table, and is secured by a keypad lock.  

Chair and table in Capen 354.

Capen 354.  This room can be accessed through the Silverman Library in Capen Hall during library hours. The room has a table and one chair, and is secured by a keypad lock. It is located adjacent to rest rooms. 

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Capen 565A.  This room can be accessed through the women's restroom on the fifth floor of Capen Hall (across from the Martin Room) and is typically open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.  The room has two chairs and a table, and is separated from the restroom with a closed door that can be locked for privacy.  

A room with a chair and pictures of babies.

Cooke 128.  This room has a chair and table, and is secured by a keypad lock.

A room with a keypad lock, two chairs, a small table and pictures of babies.

Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) 803.  This room has two chairs and a small table, and is secured by a keypad lock.

Chair and table in Student Union 325.

Student Union (SU) 325.  This room has a chair, table and movable work desk.  The room is accessed by a swipe card and is secured by a privacy lock.

South Campus

A room with a keypad lock, chair, a small table and pictures of babies.

Diefendorf 138.  This room is secured by a keypad lock.  It has a chair, a table and window blinds that can close for privacy.

A room with a keypad lock, chair, small table, lamp, and pictures of babies.

Wende 315.  This room is secured by a keypad lock.  It has a chair and a small table.

Downtown Campus

chair and small table in JSMBS 6142.

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) 6142.  This room can be accessed within the JSMBS 6130 office suite and is typically open Monday through Friday, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm.  This room has a chair and a small table.

Using a Lactation Space

For the best ease of use, it is encouraged to reserve a room in advance using these methods:

Capen 565A is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is typically open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 

Baldy 565, Capen 59, Capen 354, Cooke 128, NSC 803, Diefendorf 138, Wende 315, 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 Student Union Welcome Center in the main atrium.  The Student Union Welcome Center is typically staffed from 9:00 am - midnight, seven days a week, when classes are in session.

After Hours & Drop-in Options

UB recognizes that it may not always be possible to reserve a room in advance. 

In these instances, you may use the lactation rooms near the 1Capen (North Campus) and 1Diefendorf (South Campus) Student Centers.  Please ask the attendants at the concierge desk to open the rooms for you if not already occupied or reserved.  1Capen and 1Diefendorf Student Centers are typically open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

You may also request access to use Student Union (SU) 325 on UB's North Campus from the attendants at the Student Union Welcome Center.  The Student Union Welcome Center is typically staffed from 9:00 am - midnight, seven days a week, when classes are in session.

On UB's South Campus, you may request access to use a private space in Abbott Hall Health Sciences Library (HSL) by asking for the Room #112 key at the Library Circulation desk when the library is open.  Abbott Hall HSL has evening and weekend hours when classes are in session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the lactation rooms on campus?

Currently, UB has dedicated lactation rooms in the following locations:

  • Baldy 565
  • Capen 59
  • Capen 354
  • Capen 565A
  • Cooke 128
  • Diefendorf 138
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) 6142
  • Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) 803
  • Student Union (SU) 325
  • Wende 315

Why isn't there a lactation room in every building?

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.  

What if the lactation rooms aren't close to my work location or classrooms?

We can assist you in finding appropriate temporary space by contacting departments on your behalf.  Employees can obtain assistance by contacting the Office of Wellness and Work/Life Balance.

Students and UB visitors can contact EDI.

Can students use the rooms, or are they only for employees?

Any member of the UB community can use the lactation rooms, and can contact EDI for assistance with locating appropriate space.

My supervisor won't give me time to pump during the day. What should I do?

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.

Sometimes I am late to class because I need to pump between classes. What should I do?

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.

Is UB planning to offer additional lactation rooms in the future?

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.

Contact an Expert

Amy Myszka.

Amy Myszka

Director

Benefits and Work Life Balance

Phone: 716-645-5357

Email: amyszka@buffalo.edu

Peter Logiudice.

Peter Logiudice

Wellness and Work Life Balance

Phone: 716-645-1528

Email: pjl2@buffalo.edu

Michele Poitras.

Michele Poitras

Wellness and Work Life Balance

Phone: 716-645-4457

Email: poitras@buffalo.edu

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Abbey Delaney

Benefits and Work Life Balance

Phone: 716-645-8173

Email: abbeydel@buffalo.edu