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Ohio University is continuing to develop strategies to be supportive of parents on campus, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as visitors. The university has designated the lactation rooms described below for use by parents with breastfeeding infants. Use of the rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis, and room usage cannot be reserved.

University employees, including student employees, who are breastfeeding should contact Human Resources to obtain information about work breaks for expressing breast milk.

Microwaves and Refrigerators

Microwaves have been provided in many of the lactation rooms for sterilization purposes. Since the microwave is used for sterilization, please clean it with the provided wipes after each use. Some rooms contain refrigerators which may be used for storing breast milk. Other items should not be stored in the refrigerator. Each parent is solely responsible for any items, including breast milk, which they choose to leave in the lactation room. Ohio University and the individuals who maintain the lactation rooms are not responsible for any loss, damage, or misuse of any items or property left in any lactation room.

Symphony Plus Medela Pumps

Two rooms (Baker 353 and Human Resources 239) have a Medela Symphony Plus Pump for your use. In order to use this hospital-grade, multi-user pump, you will need to bring your own attachments, which can be purchased on Amazon or through Medela's suppliers. This video explains the various functions of the Medela Symphony Plus, and is recommended viewing before using the pump for your first time.

 


Athens Campus

Alden 428: Located on the fourth floor of Alden near the water fountains, and around the corner from several bathrooms. This lactation room includes a glider and ottoman (the ottoman is located underneath the sink), a sink, a baby changing table, mirror, and a white noise cancellation machine. This room remains unlocked unless occupied, and is available for use during Alden Library's open hours.


Baker 353: Located along the same hallway as the Dean of Students office, the LGBT Center, and the Veterans and Military Student Services Center, it is across for a single occupancy bathroom. This lactation room includes a glider and ottoman, white noise cancellation machine, microwave, refrigerator, lamp, mirror, and sink. This room remains unlocked unless occupied, and is available for use during Baker Center's open hours.

This room has a Medela Symphony Plus Pump for your use. In order to use this hospital-grade, multi-user pump, you will need to bring your own attachments, which can be purchased on Amazon or through Medela's suppliers. This video explains the various functions of the Medela Symphony Plus, and is recommended viewing before using the pump for your first time.


Human Resources Training Center 239: This lactation room includes two gliders and ottomans, a white noise cancellation machine, microwave, refrigerator, floor lamp, and a full-length mirror. This room remains unlocked unless occupied, and is available for use during HRTC's open hours. The lactation room is located near the elevators on the 2nd floor of HRTC. Bathrooms are located nearby.

This room has a Medela Symphony Plus Pump for your use. In order to use this hospital-grade, multi-user pump, you will need to bring your own attachments, which can be purchased on Amazon or through Medela's suppliers. This video explains the various functions of the Medela Symphony Plus, and is recommended viewing before using the pump for your first time.


Irvine 197: This room is locked, so does require some advance planning to use. HCOM faculty, staff, and students should already have a key that opens the room. All other campus members can be given a key so that you can use this room for the duration of the time that you will need a lactation room. To secure a key, please contact Jenn Fritchley, Administrative Services Associate, HCOM Facilities Management, Grosvenor Hall 011, at 740.593-2101 or fritchlj@ohio.edu.

This lactation room includes a glider and ottoman, as well as an additional office-style chair, a white noise cancellation machine, microwave, refrigerator, and a full-length mirror. The room is located down a long hallway, through double wooden doors. There is a sink located in a staff room off the main foyer of Irvine that lactation room users can utilize.

This room is open, with a key, 24 hours a day to all HCOM faculty, staff, and students.


McCracken 241: McCracken 241 serves as a dual lactation and meditation room. This lactation room includes a chair, a sink, a baby changing table, mirror, microwave, refrigerator, and a white noise cancellation machine. This room remains unlocked unless occupied, and is available for use during McCracken's open hours.


McKee 009: Located in the basement of McKee, you can access this room by entering McKee's main entrance, walking towards the back of the building, and going down the stairs. Once down the stairs, go straight until you have to turn right, and the room is located on the right off of the staff kitchen. This lactation room includes a glider and ottoman, as well as an additional office-style chair, a white noise cancellation machine, microwave, refrigerator, and a full-length mirror. A sink is located immediately outside of the room. This room remains unlocked, unless occupied, and is available for use during McKee's open hours.


West Union Street Office Center 220B: This lactation room includes a glider and ottoman (the ottoman is located under a table), a white noise cancellation machine, microwave, refrigerator, sink, and a full-length mirror. Once you exit the elevators on the second floor of WUSOC, turn right and go down the long, wide hallway. At the very end of this hallway, turn right and walk down another hallway. At the end of this hallway, there is a staff kitchen on your left. The lactation room is located in a room directly off of the staff kitchen. The room remains unlocked unless occupied, and is available for use during WUSOC's open hours.


Eastern Campus

Shannon 302B: It has a desk for a flat surface, comfortable office chair, cushioned living room chair, lamp, some art and books. The room remains unlocked, unless occupied, and is available for use during Shannon's open hours. A sink is located down the hall in a staff room, and can be used by those utilizing the lactation room.


Southern Campus

Riffe Center 155A: Available by request. Those wishing to use the space should see the Administration Office staff on the second floor of the Riffe Center for further details and access.

 


Updates, Questions, or Concerns

Please contact the Women's Center at womenscenter@ohio.edu, or 740-593-9625, if there are updates to this list. Additionally, please contact the Women's Center, if you have any concerns or questions about the Athens Campus lactation rooms, including if there are missing items in the rooms.

If you need assistance in ensuring that you have access to a lactation room, you should contact your Human Resources representative if you are an OHIO University employee (including student employees), or ECRC if you are a student.

 

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