Lactation Support

Wayne State University recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers by providing space to breastfeed and/or express milk for faculty and staff. Private and clean areas with outlets have been designated on campus as "Lactation Support Rooms". Employees can use these rooms for milk expression during work hours.

Rooms on campus you can use:

Academic and Administration Building (5700 Cass Ave.)
Room 1120. Please call 313-577-3000 to reserve a room or visit the Total Compensation and Wellness department in suite 3638 A/AB to gain access to the room. If you require immediate access and are unable to reach us at 313-577-3000, please contact Norma Hughey at 313-577-2381.

Arthur Neef Law Library (474 Gilmour Mall)
Please pick up key at the Circulation Desk. Call (313) 577-6181 to reserve the room or email Mary Bonk at or Kathryn Polgar at

Beecher House (5475 Woodward Ave.)
Room 216. Contact Theresa Mahoney at 313-577-0039 for access. Please note: this room is for Development employees only.

Biological Sciences (5047 Gullen Mall)
Obtain key from front desk.

Chemistry Building (5101 Cass Ave.)
Room 267 will soon be available for you to use! We will update here when it is available.

College of Engineering (5050 Anthony Wayne Dr.)
Room # coming soon! We will update here when it is available.

Faculty and Administration Building (656 W. Kirby)
Career Services (1001 FAB). Please call 577-3390 to reserve a room or come to Career Services in room 1001 FAB 

iBio (6160 Cass Ave.)
Room 1103.1 Located within women's restroom on 1st floor.

Lande Building (550 E. Canfield)
Rooms 114 and 432. Keys are available for check out from the HR office 154 Lande. When 114 and 432 are not available, room 411 can be used. The key to room 411 can be obtained from Dina Boikov. Please note, Lande is a secured building and these rooms can only be used by those with access to this building.

Scott Hall (540 E. Canfield)
Room #2103. Room is open 24/7. Door is lockable from the inside.  After normal business hours and on weekends, Scott Hall is only accessible to School of Medicine faculty staff and students.

Undergraduate Library (5150 Anthony Wayne Drive)
Room 1001. Key is available for check out from the Integrated Services Desk on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library.  Please visit for more information.

Welcome Center (42 W. Warren)
Room # coming soon! We will update here when it is available.

For all other inquiries or further assistance, please contact our lactation support representative at 313-577-6816.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods until the baby is at least one year old (1). The Department of Health and Human Services stresses the importance of facilitating the continuation of breastfeeding after mothers return to their jobs (2,3) 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

For more information:

Further Breast Feeding Support:

La Leche League of Metropolitan Detroit

Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association

Michigan Breastfeeding Network

United States Breastfeeding Committee

1) American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement, "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk." Pediatrics 97; 100:6.
2) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health, 2000.
3) United States Breastfeeding Committee (2001). Breastfeeding in the United States: A National Agenda. Rockville MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Originally compiled by the Wisconsin State Breastfeeding Coalition

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