Lactation Room Requirements

Lactation Room Requirements

MIT guidelines require supervisors to provide reasonable break time and a private place, shielded from view and free from intrusion, to express milk during the workday. A bathroom is not acceptable for this purpose.

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Lactation Room Requirements

Space coordinators should familiarize themselves with the following MIT recommendations regarding lactation room set-up.

Ad Hoc Space

This may be the mother's own office or a multi-purpose space (such as a conference room, vacant office, storeroom, or someone else's office) adapted on a temporary basis for the purposes of pumping or breastfeeding. The minimum requirements are:      

  • Door that locks
  • Electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump
  • Good lighting and ventilation
  • Comfortable chair
  • Countertop or table for breastpump and supplies
  • "Occupied" sign for the door
  • Wastebasket, chemical cleaner for surfaces, chemical cleaner for hands, routine daily maintenance

Dedicated Lactation Room

A room designed and used only for pumping or breastfeeding.

Basic Lactation Room/Single User (minimum dimensions 4’ x 5’)

At minimum:

  • Door that locks
  • Electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump
  • Good lighting and ventilation
  • Comfortable chair, preferably adjustable height with good back support
  • Countertop or table for breastpump and supplies
  •  "Occupied" sign for the door
  • Wastebasket, chemical cleaner for surfaces, chemical cleaner for hands, routine daily maintenance
  • Nearby sink for washing hands, pump, and tubing
  • Nearby refrigerator to store cold packs
  • Assigned coordinator to help with access and oversight

Recommended Lactation Room/Single User (minimum dimensions 6’ x 8’ or 7’ x 7’)

All the requirements of the Basic Lactation Room (see above) plus:

  • Footrest
  • Sink for washing hands, pump, and tubing, with soap and paper towels
  • Compact refrigerator with freezer compartment to store cold packs and milk
  • Multi-user hospital-grade breast pump (mothers provide their own collection kits)
  • Reservation system (electronic calendar, sign-in sheet, or dry-erase board)

Also, possibly:

  • Lockable storage for personal belongings
  • Computer terminal, Internet access, and/or telephone
  • Clock, and small mirror to help check and readjust clothing before returning to work
  • Décor (artwork, soft lighting), and educational resources (bulletin board, pamphlets, books)

Recommended Lactation Room/Multi-User (minimum dimensions 12’ x 16’)

All the requirements of the Recommended Lactation Room (see above), plus:

  • Second chair and footrest
  • Screen or partition to section off private areas during peak times
  • Second multi-user hospital-grade breast pump