Privacy (Lactation) Rooms

Privacy (Lactation) Rooms at Brown University 

Privacy (Lactation) 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.

Guidelines

  • 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.

Campus Locations

The following locations are available by reservation for Brown faculty, staff, or students during Brown University business hours. The staff member or student must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.

Location Room Details Reservation

Brown Office Building (BOB)
164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor ladies restroom
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The space contains a lockable door, an electrical outlet, lamp, chair & table, and a sink nearby.

Write-in calendar located on inner door. Contact Michele_Wise@brown.edu with questions or concerns.

Sarah Doyle Women's Center
26 Benevolent Street, Room 205
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The space contains a lockable door, an outlet, chair & table, and a sink nearby.

Please see room reservation guidelines.

Arnold Lab
91 Waterman Street, 3rd Floor, Room 308
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The space contains a lockable door, chair table, and outlets. A sink is located next door.

Walk-in

Contact Holly_Dirks@brown.edu with any questions or call 863-7661 or 863-5352.

Facilities Management
295 Lloyd Ave., Room 104
Map

The space contains a  lockable door, chair and bench. A sink is located across from the room.

Walk-in

Contact Jack_Wilcox@brown.edu with any questions. 863-9388

Office of Continuing Education
200 Dyer Street, Room 151
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The space contains a lockable door, an outlet, chair and sink with countertop.

Visitors must ring bell for admittance to building.

Contact Alyssa_Frezza@brown.edu with questions or call 863-1236.

85 Waterman Street, Room 228
Map

The space contains a lockable door, outlets, comfortable chair, table and small refrigerator. A sink is located close by.

To reserve this room please contact:

Bernadette_Horta@brown.edu or 863-3032 

School of Public Health
121 South Main Street, 3rd Floor, Room 360
Map

The space contains a lockable door, chair, table, outlets, and a sink. Refrigerator nearby.

Walk-in

Contact kate_ellis@brown.edu with any questions or call 863-1175.

Warren Alpert Medical School
222 Richmond Street, Room 116
Map

The space contains a lockable door, outlets, comfortable chair and table. A sink is located close by.

Write-in calendar located on inner door.

Contact: ​medschool-administration@brown.edu with any questions

Hospital Locations

Location Room Details Hours Reservations
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Hasbro 4, Green Pod, Room 470

The space contains a door (no lock, knock before entering), electrical outlet, two rocking chairs & ottoman, a side table, and a sink in room.

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Walk-in. Requires RI Hospital badge.

Women & Infants Hospital
Remondi Family Resource Center
1st Floor of the South Pavilion

The space contains a lockable door, outlet, cushioned chairs, side table, Ameda pump, television, a sink in the room, restrooms nearby, and lactation resource information.

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

No reservation required.

Questions? Contact Sandra Olivo Peterson, Patient and Guest Services, 274-1122 ext. 3111. 

RI Hospital, James Brown Building
Room 110 (Dept. of Medicine's Parent Baby Room)

The room contains a lockable door, electrical outlet, bed, cushioned rocking chair, table, a sink and toilet in room. 

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

No reservation required.

Contact Security at 444-5221 or Lucyna Kwiek at 444-5344 if door is locked.

Butler Hospital
Room 273, East Wing

Door (no lock, knock before entering), room in use sign, privacy screen, outlet, cushioned chairs, lamp, table, phone, sink and toilet nearby.

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

No reservation required.

Contact Ana Tuya Fulton, MD, FACP, Chief of Internal Medicine, at 455-6421/455-6362 if you need assistance.

Miriam Hospital
Baxt Building
1st Floor, Volunteer Services

Lockable door, outlet, lamp, chairs, large table, computer, telephone, refrigerator, sink nearby.

Available 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday 

Contact Elle Merchant at (401) 793-2510 to learn how to access this room. 

Miriam Hospital
Baxt Building
2nd Floor, Surgical Services

Lockable door, outlet, lamp, chairs, large table, changing table, sink nearby.

Available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Contact Deirdre D'Anbra or Linda Polseno at (401) 793-2273 to learn how to access this room. 

Resources

Warmlines

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

For questions regarding privacy rooms, please contact Michele Wise at 401-863-2459 or Michele_Wise@Brown.edu.