Congratulations! As a student, faculty or staff member at UNC, you will be glad to know that we have many options to support your decision to breastfeed/chestfeed your child when you return to work or school including three Lactation Stations on campus. UNC's Lactation Stations are sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Equity and the Department of Nutrition and the Dietetics and serves students, faculty, staff and community members who choose to continue to breastfeed/chestfeed after returning to school or work. We are proud to announce UNC received the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award from Weld County Public Health and Environment! Awards are given to businesses that develop creative solutions to support breastfeeding/chestfeeding mothers and employees. Check out UNC's breastfeeding support policy!
The Colorado Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act (2008)
The Colorado Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act (2008) establishes a standard for an employer to:
- Provide reasonable unpaid break time or allow an employee to use paid break and/or meal time to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to 2 years after the child’s birth
- Make reasonable efforts to provide a nursing mother with a private location in close proximity to her work area (other than a restroom stall) in which to express breast milk
- Not discriminate against women for expressing breast milk in the workplace
- Each station offers a quiet location with a chair, table and privacy screen and both are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The Center for Women's and Gender Equity Lactation Station also has a hospital-grade multi-user breast pump available for use, and attachments can be purchased through Medela’s site
The Lactation Accommodation Request Form can assist you with having a conversation with your employer about your lactation needs when you return to work.
Locations on Campus:
*Private - refers to an area with a locked door. **Semi-private - refers to an area with a privacy screen.
1. Carter Hall Lactation Station
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. University Center Lactation Station
Third floor, behind the Panorama Room Normal Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to midnight
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3. UNC Loveland Center at Centerra
(*Private) Multi-Purpose Space
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Gender Inclusive Locations:
4. Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Lactation Station
2215 10th Avenue, Lower-level
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
5. Michener Library Lactation Station
Third floor, Study Room 327
Monday - Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Hours differ in summer
6. Center for Women's and Gender Equity Lactation Station
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional Lactation Resources
Our passion for supporting and advocating for breastfeeding/chestfeeding has led us to develop a way to share our story so that it could be utilized as a resource to support the establishment of Lactation Stations at other institutions and it is our hope that this toolkit will become a catalyst for supporting the rights of breastfeeding/chestfeeding individuals. Receive a free copy of "Toolkit for Establishing Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Support on University and College Campuses: Using University of Northern Colorado as an Institutional Model"
Have you used a Lactation Station?
Have you used one of the Lactation Stations? Please, fill out this brief survey to provide input about your experience. Thank you!
Don’t have time to visit a lactation station? The University of Northern Colorado also offers screens that create a private space for you to express your breast milk at your desk or cubicle. Please email Alena Clark at Alena.Clark@unco.edu or view the Privacy Screen Rental Policy. If you would like more information on implementing breastfeeding support programs on your campus, please contact Alena Clark, PhD, RD, CLC, Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
Lactation services (e.g. breast pumps, counseling) are covered in varied amounts by UNC’s contracted health insurance companies. The best way to gain the appropriate information is to contact your insurance company once you have found out that you are pregnant and/or before going on maternity leave.