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Lactation Support

Nursing Mother Rooms

Faculty, student and staff mothers have access to three dedicated on-campus Nursing Mother Rooms at the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses.

The Loop and Lincoln Park locations offer a private and secure place for nursing mothers. Access is available upon request and requires a key. Nursing moms should go to either the key request location or the campus administrator for access.

Loop Campus

Key request: Student Affairs Office, Lewis Building (25 E. Jackson Blvd.), Suite 1400
Office hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Room location: 13th Floor, Lewis Building

Key request: Office of Public Relations and Communications, 55 E. Jackson Building, Room 2024
Office hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Room location: 20th Floor, 55 E. Jackson Building

Lincoln Park Campus

Key request: Information Desk, Student Center
Office hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Room location: Located near the Information Desk, Student Center

Lactation Support Guidelines

In 2001, Illinois enacted the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act (NMWA) which, in summary, requires employers to provide nursing women with reasonable time each day to express breast milk. In addition, employers must provide nursing women a private room. A bathroom stall is not an acceptable private location.

DePaul University will make every effort to provide the appropriate accommodation for its faculty, staff and student employees with a need to utilize this benefit. It has been determined that each Dean and Vice President's unit will be responsible for providing the necessary accommodation for any request made within their area. Each Dean and Vice President may choose to select a designee within their area to coordinate and manage this process to ensure that the university remains in compliance.

Specific requirements include the following:

  • The employee should request time and space from their manager, whether verbal or in writing it should be handled promptly. (HR recommends that managers respond within 72 hours.)
  • Departments should provide reasonable time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk. If possible the break time should run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.
  • Departments must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other private location, in close proximity to the work area. The room should be clean and provide a chair, table, electric outlets and a door with a lock.

If the above accommodations are not possible, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding this communication, please contact the  Office of Human Resources, at (312) 362-8232.

In the event of an emergency, please contact public safety at the Loop: 312-362-8500 or Lincoln Park: 773-325-7777.