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Lactation/Breastfeeding Support

If you need to pump or express breast milk while on campus, the University supports employees by providing lactation spaces to aid you with breastfeeding.

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, workplace protections will be expanded to require that lactating employees’ pay will not be reduced for any breaks in which they pump or express milk at work. View the changes (pdf).

Lactation Spaces

Finding space for pumping

Lactation spaces are available on all University of Minnesota campuses:

All lactation spaces have a locking door. You may also wish to use a door sign (pdf) to ensure privacy.

Questions about lactations spaces

Additional questions and concerns about lactation spaces or resources can be directed to the Lactation Advocacy Committee or your HR representative.

Resources for Employees

Other benefits to support you and your family

  • Achieve optimal health throughout your pregnancy and during the first six weeks after delivery. If you are covered by the University medical program, you can participate in the Healthy Pregnancy program from Medica to give your infant a healthy start. As an expectant parent, the program can help you stay well and feel good throughout your pregnancy and after your newborn arrives. If you participate in Medica’s Healthy Pregnancy program, this program is also considered an activity in the University’s Wellbeing Program and you can earn points for completing the program.
  • Get confidential help coping with life changes. The University offers confidential professional consulting and referral services to all benefits-eligible employees on all campuses. Employee Assistance Program consultants and counselors can help with a range of personal concerns including work, personal relationships, family issues, and coping with stress. If you are eligible for benefits, then you, your spouse, and your children are all eligible for up to eight counseling sessions per year at no cost. Counseling and consulting services are available via telephone or in-person. To find out more, visit or call 888-243-5744. Staff hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need in-the-moment support, counselors are available 24/7 by calling 888-243-5744.
  • Learn more about leave options for parents. Help in planning a parental leave is available for Labor Represented and Civil Service staff as well as Faculty and P&A staff. Additional information on Family and Medical Leave is also available.