Lactation Stations

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If you are an expectant mother attending school or working at the UW, you’ll be glad to know about the many on-site lactation stations.  While it may be hard to leave your baby, it should be easy to maintain your milk supply with a double electric breast pump.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now requires health plans to cover the costs of breastfeeding equipment, and most women find it takes less than 15 minutes to express their milk with a double electric pump.  Some of the lactation stations also have a multiple-user pump available for you to use with your own personal kit.  All lactation stations provide a private, secure, clean space for you to express your milk. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains a provision related to expressing breast milk at work. We have a long, successful history of supporting breastfeeding mothers and regard this legislation as recognition of our lactation program.

  1. Call the lactation station that’s most convenient for you and schedule an orientation at least two weeks before you return to work and need to use the lactation station. This orientation will help provide a smooth transition back to work by:
    • Identifying the correct accessory kit to be used with the available pumps,
    • Reviewing breast milk storage supplies; refrigerator vs cold packs,
    • Providing access to and scheduling of the lactation room of your choice. You may reserve multiple slots throughout the day, but not consecutive slots.
  2. Purchase the appropriate accessory kit for the lactation station you will use. The lactation pumps available are either the Medela Symphony or Universal kit. Ask the lactation station coordinator for specifics. Accessory kits or rentals are available at local area merchants, including:
    • Village Maternity (206-523-5167) – Universal kit and rentals.
    • For additional locations near you, or to rent a lactation pump, call Medela at 1-800-435-8316.

Remember: Do not leave your accessory kit in the lactation station unless there are private, secured lockers available.

Lactation Station Locations

Mailing Building (MB891) Call Harborview Employee Health Services – 206-744-3081 – or email ehshmc@uw.edu to schedule orientation and schedule initial use times.

  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Appliances –pumps in N & S bldg. Admin: None: must supply
  • Access – Sign-up calendar in room – first come/first serve basis
Location Contact Hours, Appliances and Access
Hall Health: Room 90 Call 206-685-1034 or email
ksletteb@u.washington.edu to schedule orientation, access key and arrange schedule use.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Appliance – Medela Symphony
    Breastpump.  Requires Medela Double Pumping Kit available for purchase at Hall Health Pharmacy
  • Access – Available to UW students, staff and faculty
    after completing orientation session. Reservations via online calendar
Harborview:
7 East, Clinic Room 1
Call Harborview Employee Health Services – 206-744-3081 – or email ehshmc@uw.edu to schedule orientation and initial use times.
  • Hours – 24/7; Round the clock through the week
  • Appliances – None; must supply.
  • Access – Sign-up calendar in room – first come/first serve basis
Health Sciences:
T-wing, Room T-595
Call Health Sciences Building Management – 206-685-0143 – or email hsbuild@uw.edu.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Appliances – Hospital grade pump
Health Sciences:
T-wing, Room T-493
Call Health Sciences Building Management – 206-685-0143 – or email hsbuild@uw.edu.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Appliances – None; must supply
HUB — Commuter Commons, Room 141 Contact: Call 206-616-6326 or email commcomm@uw.edu.
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 am – 7:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Winter and Spring Break. Limited hours during Finals Week
  • Appliance: Refrigerator
  • Access: Available to UW students, staff and faculty and first come/first serve basis
Mailing Building (MB891)  Call Harborview Employee Health Services – 206-744-3081 – or email ehshmc@uw.edu to schedule orientation and schedule initial use times.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Appliances –pumps in N & S bldg. Admin: None: must supply
  • Access – Sign-up calendar in room – first come/first serve basis
Roosevelt Clinic Call Clinic Administration – 206-598-5700 – to schedule orientation and arrange use of pump.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Appliances – Portable hospital pump; user needs to arrange space.
  • Access – Roosevelt Clinic employees only; schedule through Clinic Administration Office.
Schmitz Hall: Room 240 Call the Student Parent Resource Center – 206-543-1041 or email stuparrc@uw.edu for orientation, key assignment, and scheduling use.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 9:00 am through 5:00 pm.
  • Appliances – Hospital grade pump.
  • Access – Assigned key and prior scheduling.
Sieg Hall: Room 121 Email Alex Nelson from the ADVANCE center, anelson4@uw.edu, to obtain location of Rm 121 and key code.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 7:00 am through 9:00 pm.
  • Appliances – Hospital grade pump.
  • Have access to a sink.
  • Access – Preference given to Advance faculty, staff & students; room access by key pad and scheduling through online calendar.
South Lake Union North Research Building Room N209a To schedule orientation, key assignment and schedule use call the reception desk at 206-897-1327 or email sluinfo@uw.edu.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Appliances – Hospital grade pump.
  • Access – Assigned key and prior scheduling.
South Lake Union South Research Building, Room S411 Email sluinfo@uw.edu for link and log-in to Resource Scheduler for lactation room or call 206-897-1327.
  • Hours – 24/7; Round the clock through the week.
  • Appliances – None; must supply.
  • Access – Schedule through Resource Scheduler.
UW Medical Center: Room NN-537 Call UWMC Mother-Baby Unit at 206-598-5600 to obtain location of NN-537 and key code.
  • Hours – 24/7; Round the clock through the week.
  • Appliances – Classic Hospital grade pump.
  • Access – Room access by key pad; preference given to those using the provided pump; available first come/first serve.
UW Medical Center: Room EE-112 On first floor of Pacific Tower. Room to right, inside ‘Women’s Locker Room.’ Sitting  area with privacy curtain.
  • Hours – 24/7; Round the clock through the week.
  • Appliances – None; must supply; privacy curtain only.
  • Access – First come/first serve; no calendar.
UW Tower: Room 0-28 Call 206-685-5648 or email uwtower@uw.edu to schedule orientation, key assignment, and to schedule use.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Appliances – Hospital grade pump in 1 room; refrigerator & sink in both rooms.
  • Access – Priority given to UW Tower tenants; scheduling on master calendar.
UW Tower: Mother’s Room #3 Call 206-685-5648 or email uwtower@uw.edu to schedule orientation, key assignment, and to schedule use.
  • Hours – Monday through Friday – 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Appliances – None; must supply.
  • Access – Priority given to UW Tower tenants; scheduling on master calendar.
    • UW CareLink, use UW for company code. On landing page click on ‘Parenting’, then select ‘Parenting’ and select ‘New Parents’ and find articles for new parents including a number on breast feeding.
    • The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington find 15 tips to help you transition back to work and much more.
    • US Breastfeeding.org Find out more about this new legislation and details for implementation.
    • For specific lactation concerns, contact UWMC Lactation Service at 206-598-4628.

Thank you to UW Benefits & Work Life for this information.

For specific lactation concerns, contact the place where you gave birth.  If you delivered your baby at the University of Washington Medical Center, call UWMC Lactation Service at 206-598-4628.

- See more at: UW Women’s Center