Lactation (Privacy) Rooms

Lactation (Privacy) Rooms at Brown University 

Lactation (Privacy) rooms are temporary private spaces for nursing mothers.

Brown Policy

In compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Brown University has adopted this policy in support of employees (faculty, staff and postdoctoral research associates and fellows) who choose to breastfeed:

The University supports and encourages the practice of breastfeeding and the expression of breast milk by employees who are breastfeeding when they return to work. Additionally, it is the policy of the University to prohibit discrimination and harassment of breastfeeding employees who exercise their rights under this policy.

Upon return to work after the birth of a child and for one year thereafter, breastfeeding employees shall be allowed reasonable time to express milk during work hours.

The employee shall be responsible for:

  • Requesting and arranging with their supervisor appropriate and reasonable break times or flexible scheduling for expressing milk.

The supervisor shall be responsible for:

  • Providing reasonable paid break times each day for employees wishing to express breast milk.
  • Providing a private space with a lock on the door for expressing milk. A bathroom stall or storage area shall not serve as a lactation space. If employees prefer, they may also express milk in their own private offices.
  • Assisting in providing a positive atmosphere of support for breastfeeding employees.


  • Break length – Depending on the amount of travel time to/from the room to be used, 20-30 minutes.
  • Number of breaks per day – one every 3-4 hours.


 The following campus based (red) or hospital (green) locations are accessible to Brown faculty, staff, students or visitors during Brown University business hours or as otherwise indicated. The staff member, student or visitor must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.

To determine the distance of the nearest Lactation/Privacy room: click the full-page view, click on the drop down menu or icon on the map, then click on directions and type in your location.

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Most Rhode Island birthing hospitals have “warm-line” phone services that mothers can call after they leave the hospital with questions or concerns about breastfeeding.

  • Kent County Hospital 401-737-7000 x3332
  • Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island 401-729-2291
  • Newport Hospital 401-845-1110
  • South County Hospital 401-782-8020 x1226
  • Westerly Hospital 401-348-2229
  • Women and Infants Hospital 1-800-711-7011


Michele Wise
Phone: 401-863-2459