UVM is proud to support breastfeeding and pumping in the workplace.
Nursing Parent Facilities @ UVM
Facilites for nursing parents are being identified across campus. Each of the locations provides private space where nursing parents are welcome to pump or nurse. Rooms are equipped with appropriate signage, a comfortable chair, a small table and an electrical outlet. See the list of lactation rooms for nursing parents along with directions and building maps. More rooms are being identified and will be added to the list as they become available.
A private space within a nursing parent's building may also be used, if such a space exists. According to State law, the room shall not be a bathroom stall or a storage area and must have a lock on the door. Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisor to identify appropriate space within their building. (Supervisors who wish to add designated space to the official list should e-mail HRSinfo@uvm.edu.)
Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, rooms are left unlocked and can be locked from the inside. If you find that a room is locked and there is no one using the room, please call 656-0156 and we will have the door unlocked as soon as possible.
Berlin Extension Office (107)
The UVM Extension Berlin Office is located at 327 US Route 302, Suite 1, Berlin, VT 05641. To find the lactation room from the front entry, walk down the hallway and take a right. The room is located on the first door on your right. This is a private space to nurse or pump. Room is available for walk-in use or may be scheduled by calling 802-476-2003.
Colchester Research Facility (106)
The Colchester Research Facility (CRF) is located at 360 S. Park Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. The CRF lactation room (106) is for single-use. It contains a sink, changing station, an electrical outlet, and a chair with a foot stool. The room locks from the inside. There are lockers outside where users can store pumping equipment.
Delehanty Hall (0402)
Trinity Campus, Delehanty Hall, Colchester Avenue, Room 118A
Enter through the main entrance on the south side of building; walk through the large lobby and bear to the right through the double doors; bear left down hall and room is first door on right. (A sink is available in restroom 132).
Discovery Hall (0151)
82 University Place, Burlington, VT
There is a Mamava lactation suite located in the 4th floor lobby near classroom 408.
Dudley H. Davis Center (0034)
590 Main Street, Room 117
Enter the building and go to the first floor information desk (game room area – across from the elevators) to pick up the key; room 117 is on the north side of the building (facing the Bailey Howe Library). There is a sink available in the restroom down the hall between the VT Cynic and WRUV offices.
Given Building E (0073)
89 Beaumont Avenue, Room E-133
The door to this room is unlocked from 8am-5pm Monday thru Friday. However, a user may hit the “lock” key from inside the room during this time, which will lock the door for added security. The room is set-up to accommodate multiple users at one time. Authorized users must use their UVM CATcard ID to access the room while it is “locked” either during the day or after hours.
To obtain swipe access to this room, please contact your department administrator.
If you have questions or concerns, please notify Sue Williams at Susan.L.Williams@med.uvm.edu or call (802) 656-9459.
Ira Allen Chapel (0012)
26 University Place, Level 1, Room I-129
Enter the building from the east side off the Votey parking lot; head straight through the lobby to a corridor and turn left; room I129 is on the corner and first room on the left. (A sink is available in the adjoining restroom).
Patrick Gym (0118)
97 Spear St., Burlington, VT
There is a Mamava lactation suite located in the lobby behind the gym near Room 118. To enter the suite, either download the Mamava App or call Human Resource Services at (802) 656-3150 for the door code.
University Medical Center (UHC-Arnold) 5th Floor
UHC is located at 1 So. Prospect St. The building is managed by UVM Medical Center, but UVM staff members who work in the building may access the room. The lactation space is located on the 5th floor of Arnold. It is accessed by key code. Please contact Steve Theriault, UVMMC Security Manager, at Steve.Theriault@uvmhealth.org to access the space.
Waterman Building (0160)
85 South Prospect Street, Room 123D
Enter the building from the south side, off College Street (you'll be on the second floor), and turn right. Take the stairs on the right down one floor, then turn right down the hallway just beyond the bottom of the staircase. Waterman 123D is at the end of that hallway on the left. The door is accessible by a punch-code lock. Please contact either Human Resource Services at (802) 656-3150 or Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at (802) 656-3368 for the code. Unlike other spaces, Waterman 123D can be scheduled through the Outlook Calendar.
Waterman Building (0160)
85 South Prospect Street, Room 424
Enter the building from the south side, off College Street (you'll be on the second floor), and follow the main corridor toward the center of the building; in the center of the building take the elevator (on the left) up to the fourth floor. Coming off the elevator turn left, then turn left again at the end of the hallway. The nursing mother's area is within the women's restroom, room 424.
Vermont law & UVM Workplace Policy
Key Points of the Law
- Privacy to express milk
- Flexible breaks
- Education-offer resources for breastfeeding education and support
- Support-provide a breastfeeding friendly work culture and environment
Vermont H.641: An Act Relating to Nursing Parents in the Workplace
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. § 305 is added to read:
§ 305. NURSING MOTHERS IN THE WORKPLACE
(a) For an employee who is a nursing mother for up to three years after the birth of a child, the employer shall:
(1) Provide uncompensated time throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child.
(2) Make a reasonable accommodation to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall or a small storage area.
(b) An employer may be exempted from the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if providing time for expressing breast milk would seriously disrupt the employer’s operations.
(c) An employer shall not discriminate against an employee who exercises the rights provided under this section.
Sec. 2. 21 V.S.A. § 303 is amended to read:
§ 303. PENALTY
Any employer who violates the provisions of this subchapter shall be fined assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for each and every violation.
Sec. 3. 4 V.S.A. § 1102 is amended to read:
§ 1102. JUDICIAL BUREAU; JURISDICTION
(b) The judicial bureau shall have jurisdiction of the following matters:
(14) Violations of 21 V.S.A. § 305, relating to employment practices for nursing mothers in the workplace.
UVM Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Policy
The University of Vermont, in compliance with state law, adopts this policy to support the health and well-being of employees and their infant children by providing a workplace that supports a decision of an employee 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 of Vermont to prohibit discrimination and harassment of breastfeeding employees who exercise their rights under this policy.
Responsibilities and Procedures
Role of the Employee
- Discuss your plans with your supervisor for expressing breast milk before you begin your maternity leave.
- Determine your needs for scheduling and support.
- Check the list of nursing rooms web page to obtain information regarding locations of designated spaces for pumping on campus, or arrange with your supervisor to find a private place to pump within your building.
- Request and arrange with your supervisor for appropriate and reasonable break times or flextime for expressing milk.
Role of the Supervisor
- Provide reasonable break time each day or make reasonable accommodations for flexible work schedules for employees wishing to express breast milk.
- Provide a private space with a lock on the door for expressing milk. A bathroom stall or storage area is not an appropriate lactation space. If employees prefer, they may also express milk in their own private offices.
- Assist in providing a positive atmosphere of support for breastfeeding employees.
Links & Resources
Breastfeeding Information for New Parents
- Kelly Mom (a clearinghouse for all things breastfeeding, run by Kelly Bonyata, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant)
- The Bump (a great source for inspirational stories, art, cartoons, message boards, etc.)
- Work and Pump (all about breastfeeding after you return to work)
- La Leche League International (general breastfeeding information)
- General Information, Pumping and Storage (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- Returning to Work (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Community Breastfeeding Resources
Free and Discounted Breast Pumps
UVM employees with healthcare coverage through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) may be eligible to receive a breast pump free of charge by participating in the BCBSVT Better Beginnings program. Visit the web site to learn more about the program and read the specifics about the breast pump benefit.
In addition, BCBSVT covers hospital grade electric breast pumps under the “Durable Medical Equipment” benefit for the following reasons:
- When the infant is premature at 24-34 weeks of gestation, and the parent is pumping breast milk, awaiting the baby’s ability to nurse directly from the breast, or
- When the infant is premature at 35-37 weeks of gestation and continues to experience difficulty coordinating suck and swallow, and the parent is pumping breast milk, awaiting the baby’s ability to nurse directly from the breast, or
- For infants with cleft lip and/or palate who are not able to nurse directly from the breast, or
- For infants with cardiac anomalies or any medical condition that makes them unable to sustain breast feeding due to poor coordination of suck and swallow or fatigue, or
- For multiples (including twins), until breast-feeding at the breast is established consistently, or
- When the parent has an anatomical breast problem, which may resolve with the use of a breast pump, such as inverted nipples or mastitis, or
- For any infants who for medical reasons are temporarily unable to nurse directly from the breast, such as NICU babies, or during any hospitalization of the mother or baby which will interrupt nursing, or
- When the infant has poor weight gain related to milk production and pumping breast milk is an intervention in the provider’s plan of care and the infant has a documented weight loss of 7% or greater despite the use of a conventional breast pump.