Under the new federal health care requirements, employers are required to provide break time for nursing mothers with lactation needs. The University of Houston understands the importance and benefits of breast feeding for babies and therefore has adopted a policy stating that the University will provide an appropriate location and a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate employees who are nursing mothers for a period of up to one (1) calendar year after the birth of the nursing child, pursuant to applicable state and federal laws. Ideally, the time will run concurrently with an employee’s paid break time.
The first step is filling out a lactation accommodation request form.
If a supervisor denies the request or amends the request, the form must be signed by the Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS).
Mother's Rooms (Lactation Room) Locations
In order to better support our students, staff, and faculty who are also new mothers who wish to breast-feed their baby, the University of Houston is pleased to provide multiple lactation rooms across campus to meet the needs of nursing mothers. The locations are varied with different hours and facilities. We have three special pilot rooms, the rooms in Melcher Hall in the Bauer College of Business, the MD Anderson Library, and the Energy Research Park (ERP). These rooms have been upgraded and also require Cougar Card Access to the card reader. To obtain accesss, fill out the Mother's Room/Laction Room Request form and your Cougar Card will be set to access the room for a full year. The rooms are first come, first served. They are listed below:
We have a map that shows the location of all of our mother's rooms. Click here to view.
The Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) office at, Student Services Building 2. Participants may park in the metered spaces in the back of the building. In order to reserve a time, please call Janice Horridge at 713-743-8835. This room is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC), in the Student Center-North, second floor, room 201B. Please call 832-842-6191 for more information. The semester hours are posted on our home page. This site also has a commercial breast pump.
Location 3 SPECIAL PILOT PROJECT ROOM WITH CARD READER ACCESS
C.T. Bauer College of Business, Melcher Hall, Room 350. For more information call Sara Brown, (713) 743-4613. Hours are 7am until 5pm.
The Student Center and Associated Facilities has opened a new Lactation Center for all members of the University of Houston community as well as guests who may visit the Student Center. The Lactation Center is located on the SC First Floor Level between the food court and the women's bathroom. The room number is 134A and labeled "Mother's Room".
The Lactation Center includes comfortable/supportive seating for two, foot stool, side tables, baby changing station, resource bulletin board, and magazine rack. The Lactation Center is available for use during regular SC Hours of Operation which are as follows:
Monday – Wednesday: 8:00am - 11:45pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 12:45am
Friday: 8:00am - 11:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am -1:45am
Sunday: 1:00pm -11:45pm
Location 5 Special Pilot Project Room with Card Reader Access
MD Anderson Library, room 264A. The key is available for check out at the Service Desk. The room is available during normal library hours.
Location 6 Special Pilot Project Room with Card Reader Access
The Energy Research Park has 2 rooms for use: Building 3 across from room #280. This lactation space is adjacent to the restroom. The second room is in Building 4, room #119. Call the ERP Property Management office for more information at 832-842-4931.
The Law Center has a designated room serving Law Center students, staff and faculty, in the Bates Law Building, room 12 from 7am until 7pm Monday-Friday.
The Women's Studies program has a room that can be used for lactation located in room 624 in Agnes Arnold Hall. Hours vary, so please call (713) 743-3214.
The College of Education has a room that can be used for lactation. Please visit Suite 214 in Farish Hall to obtain the key. Hours are 8am until 5pm.
The UH Children's Learning Center -Wheeler also has a nursing/lactation room for mothers with babies enrolled at the Center.
The UH Children's Learning Center-Cameron also has a nursing/lactation room for mothers with babies enrolled at the Center.