Duke provides 24 lactation rooms for faculty and staff to support women balancing their return to work with their needs as mothers of young children. Each room offers a clean, secure, and user-friendly environment for women who need to express breast milk during their work shift.
- Getting Started
- Cleaning & Sanitization
- Scheduling Time
- Room Set Up
- Room Locations
- Communication List-serve
To get started using one of the Duke Lactation Rooms, just follow these steps:
- Set up your Duke ID card for access: please submit the access form so that your Duke ID card can be programmed for access. It is best to do this at least ten days in advance. Staff & Family Programs will forward your information to either the Duke Card Office or Medical Center Card Office for processing.
- Obtain breast pump attachments: most lactation rooms are equipped with a Medela Symphony Preemie+ electric pump. You will need to bring your own attachments for the Medela Symphony Preemie+ pump. Visit the Medela website for information on locations to purchase the attachments. You may also want to review the Symphony Preemie+ Quickstart Instructions before your first visit.
- Plan for storage/cooling: refrigeration/storage is not provided in the rooms, so be prepared to store your breast milk as needed.
Returning to Work
Download a checklist on how to be prepared for returning to work while breastfeeding.
All Lactation Room users are expected to clean up after each use of a room, especially when using the on-site pump equipment. This is not only out of respect for the next user, but to prevent contamination and illness transmission. Each user should allow enough time, within your visit, to clean the pump equipment of breast milk spills after each use and dispose of trash properly. Cavicide wipes and paper towels are provided for cleaning spills off the pump and from the areas around the pump. We do not recommend that you use these products to sanitize your personal equipment.
Upon accessing the room, slide the sign to IN USE to alert other users that someone is using the room. Slide the sign back to VACANT when you leave the room unoccupied. Please respect the privacy of all Lactation Room users by knocking before keying in your card access to the rooms. Do not prop open the door at any time.
After you have set up your Duke ID card for room access, you may reserve room space by using the Outlook calendar. Lactation room users will also be able to cancel their reservation from an online version of the calendar by visiting mail.duke.edu, freeing the room for other users.
How to Request Access
You will need to provide your Duke email address in order to use the Outlook calendar for the lactation rooms. This information is required at the time you submit your request for lactation room access.
While users will be able to schedule time in advance, we ask that you not schedule more than 30 days in advance. This will provide everyone with more flexibility to reserve space in the lactation room as their needs change.
Rooms set for use by more than one user at a time are to be scheduled based on available pumps in the room. (ex. Duke South Clinic, Duke North Hospital, French Science)
If you have questions regarding the use of the lactation room calendars, you may email email@example.com.
ATC Lactation Room Users
Requests to schedule time in the ATC lactation rooms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultimately the aim is to creating a private, clean and comfortable space for your breastfeeding mothers. An unused large closet or private area off of a women's restroom would work. The area should be at least 7 feet by 7 feet, be ventilated, have a door that locks, electrical power and be completely private. It should also be accessible to employees with disabilities. Please email Staff and Family Programs for more information on how you can set up your lactation room.
|Perkins Library||Women's Restroom||Within the first floor women's restroom|
|Duke South Clinic (2 pumps)||5007||Take purple zone elevator to 5th floor. Turn left at corner.|
|Duke North Hospital (3 pumps)||3233||3rd floor, follow signs to 3233.|
|DCRI||4107A||DCRI 4th floor key access required for entry|
|DCRI||6015||DCRI 6th floor key access required for entry|
|Hudson Hall Engineering Annex,
|190||Enter Hudson Hall, follow hallway on right, turn left at stairs, room is on the left at the end of hallway.|
|French Science Family Room (2 pumps)||1230||Take the stairs down to the bottom floor, turn right and pass the elevator. Room is at the end of the hallway.|
|Friedl Building (Formerly East Campus Building)||235||Take stairs to the second floor and the room is straight ahead. Or turn left after exiting the elevator on the second floor.|
|Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), 450 Research Drive||B305||Take main stairs or elevator to third floor, turn left, room is on your left.|
|Fuqua School of Business||E141||In Keller East, if you enter from the circle (front of building) immediately turn left, the room is the last door on the left.|
|The Durham Center (300 W. Morgan St. in downtown Durham)||903 and 1103||See receptionists on eighth floor to be buzzed in room.|
|Smith Warehouse Bay 6||167 Family Room||After entering Bay 6, turn left, room is on the left.|
|MSRB*||0025D||Enter the building from the Research Drive side. Take elevator down one level. Go through double doors. Make the first left down the hallway.|
|MSRB III*||1007||First floor on the left side of the main lobby (just before the main auditorium)|
|ATC - Strickland Building (334 BlackwellSt.)*||1st floor||1st floor room is next to Ocracoke meeting room.|
|Wadsworth Building*||331||3rd Floor, near the vending machines|
|Duke Cancer Institute (formerly Duke Cancer Center)*||3N71||Enter Cancer Center from the Level 2 Concourse entrance. Take elevator to Level 3. Lactation room is directly across the hall.|
|Duke Cancer Institute (formerly Duke Cancer Center)||3N72||Enter Cancer Center from the Level 2 Concourse entrance. Take elevator to Level 3. Lactation room is directly across the hall.|
|Duke Medical Pavilion||2W01A||2nd floor - proceed through hall entrance marked "employees only". Turn left at end of hallway.|
|Duke Medical Pavilion||2W01B||2nd floor - proceed through hall entrance marked "employees only". Turn left at end of hallway.|
|Sands Building (303 Research Dr.)*||447||Take the elevator to the 4th floor - Room 447 is at the opposite end of the center hallway, within sight of the elevators.|
|Scott Family Athletic Performance Center (connected to the Murray Building and across from Cameron Indoor Stadium)||384B||3rd floor, located inside the women's restroom, 384T|
|Chesterfield Building 701 W Main St.||5113||Take the passenger elevators to the fifth floor. Take a left into the main corridor and then take your first left into the smaller corridor. That hallway turns to the right and you will find the lactation room is the first door on your right, just after the turn. Look for room 5113.|
*Pumps are not provided for this room.
Staff and Family Programs maintains a lactation room user list with contact information. Signing up for room access includes your membership on a listserv to facilitate communications between Staff and Family Programs and users of the lactation rooms.