The purpose of the Lactation policy is to provide employees and students who are breastfeeding a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child. This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding in the workplace. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time and private space to express milk as frequently as needed.
These procedures accompany the University’s Lactation Policy and are intended to establish standards, resources and contact information specific to UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses.
A class offered on breastfeeding for expectant parents led by a certified lactation consultant and UConn Health.
The lactation areas on UConn Storrs and Regional Campuses are available for use by employees, students, and visitors.
The Q&A provides answers to questions for supervisors and employees, including information on lactation space and break time requirements, alternate lactation space considerations, and how and when to talk to your employee or your supervisor about lactation plans and needs.
FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS
Federal: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
Connecticut: Public Act No. 21-27 - An Act Concerning Breastfeeding in the Workplace
In addition to these resources, the Affordable Care Act requires health insurance to provide coverage for breast pumps. Please contact your health insurance provider for more specific information about what is covered.
Additional Resources for Supervisors/Managers/Departments
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work
Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace – Tips for Managers
Lactation Policy Q&A for Supervisors/Managers/Departments
COVID-19 Signage and Cleaning Protocol
Do Not Disturb Room Signs
- Door Tag 1 - with Babies
- Door Tag 2 - Do Not Disturb
- 8.5X11 Door Sign 1 - with Babies
- 8.5X11 Door Sign 2 - Do Not Disturb
Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition
The CBC is dedicated to improving Connecticut’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
CT Department of Public Health - DPH Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding, the key to good health of mothers and babies, also has benefits for families, employers, and the community in general. For these reasons, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Connecticut WIC Program and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend feeding your baby only breast milk until age 6 months, and breast milk plus solid food from 6-12 months and beyond.
CDC Breastfeeding Information and Guides
CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public's health.
la leche league international
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Expressing Breastmilk on the Job. Readjusting to your previous work routine can be challenging enough without factoring in a breastfeeding schedule. Fortunately, you have taken the time to prepare your baby, your caregiver, your co-workers, and yourself for this new situation, so you are making the transition in the best possible way.
UConn Health Center
UConn and UConn Health is committed to promoting a positive work life integration for its employees. As part of these efforts, we are pleased to provide lactation resources to ensure that the needs of breastfeeding women are met. Lactation rooms are available for employees, students and visitors who wish to express milk.
For assistance in finding a lactation space, or questions on the policy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.