Lactation/Quiet Rooms

Lactation/Quiet Rooms (LQR) are available for use by students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas at Austin who are nursing mothers or who require rest for medical reasons. The rooms are NOT intended to provide space to rest for those with medical conditions that are highly contagious from contact with contaminated surfaces, e.g. influenza, stomach viruses, common cold, pink eye, etc. Individuals with those types of medical conditions should rest at home and seek medical care, as appropriate. The University sponsors lactation/quiet rooms in various buildings campus-wide to promote work/life balance for greater morale, satisfaction and productivity within the University community. Additionally, under the Affordable Care Act, employees may take reasonable break time for purposes of breast feeding and be offered a private setting for this purpose.

How to Access

To gain access to a Lactation/Quiet Room, please reach out to the contact person for the LQR most conveniently located for you in advance

Lactation/quiet rooms are available at the following locations for use by students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas at Austin who are nursing mothers or who require rest for medical reasons related to a non-contagious condition. Please consult with the room contact listed regarding specific use guidelines for the room you are interested in using.

Applied Research Laboratory (ARL)

Location: Inside first aid room
Who Can Use: ARL staff only due to security
For: Lactation only
Contact: Tina Vazquez, 512-835-3026
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Location: BME 3.314
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: BME staff, 471-8155
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

College of Education (SZB)

Location: SZB 537
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Gypsy Snow, (512) 232-5419
Room contains a chair, table space, refrigerator, electrical outlets, door lock, and Ameda Elite breast pump.

More information on the College of Education guidelines webpage.

Commons Conference Center (TCB)

Location: TCB 137, 1.120
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation only
Contact: Jeff.Sarich@austin.utexas.edu (512) 232-9442
Ask for a key at guest services.

Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)

Location: EER 2.856
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Jim Smitherman, 512-471-5350

Engineering Teaching Center (ETC)

Location: ETC 7.102
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Sara Laney, 471-0796
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Facilities Services

Location: FC1 1.118A (room within large break room)
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Devvyn Rhodes 

Fine Arts and Law Area (JON and TNH)

Location: JON in 5.226 and 6.226, and TNH 3.107
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Texas Law Human Resources, 512-232-1146
An Ameda Elite Breast Pump is available for check out.

Flawn Academic Center (FAC)

Location: FAC 312
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Reception Desk, 232-9610
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Liberal Arts Building (Patton Hall RLP)

Location: RLP 4.220
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Julie Nodine, 472-7356
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Main Building (MAI)

Location: MAI Room 3
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Carrie Williams, 232-5534
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

McCombs School of Business (GSB)

Location: GSB, fourth floor rooms, 4.100, 4.130, and 4.132
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation only
Contact: Elisabeth Egbert, 232-3444
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Moody College of Communication

Location: BMC 2.708
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Megan Vallee 
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Norman Hackerman Building (NHB)

Location: NHB
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Reception desk, 471-3117
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Nursing School (NUR)

Location: NUR 4.1660D
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Margaret Hill, 471-9906
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Perry-Castañeda Library

Location: PCL, Checkout Desk
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation only
Contact: Circulation Desk, 495-4300
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM)

Location: RLM 8.200
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: PMA library staff, 495-4610
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Student Activity Center

Location: SAC 2.118
Who Can Use: All campus
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Front Desk Staff, 232-0818
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

The University of Texas Police Department (UPB)

Location: UPB 1.236 B
Who Can Use: UTPD staff only due to security
For: Lactation or medical rest
Contact: Rebekah Vacca, 472-9620

UT Administration Building (UTA)

Location: UTA 1.303
Who Can Use: All campus.
For: Lactation or rest
Contact: Front Desk Security Guard, 471-6550
Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Welch Hall

Location: WEL 5.418
Who Can Use: Welch staff only
For: Lactation only
Contact: Steven E. Moore, 471-1271

Scheduling

To find out about room availability, check with the contact person for the LQR most conveniently located for you. In some cases, you can reserve a room for specific times; in other cases the rooms may be available on a first come, first serve basis. If your needs conflict with someone who has already reserved the room, you may decide to negotiate with that person for use of the room when you need it.

Department policies will vary regarding use of the rooms and how to account for your time. Please be sure to consult with your supervisor before making arrangements to use a room.

Note: Counselors in Work/Life & EAP can help you plan how to discuss requests for use of a Lactation/Quiet Room with your supervisor. Please consult with them (471-3366) if you would like help making your proposal or if you are uncomfortable about addressing this need at work.

Available Resources

Resources in individual rooms will vary depending on new construction, renovations, or the repurposing of an existing space. All rooms will have a chair, counter or table space, electrical outlets, a door lock and bathroom facilities nearby. Some rooms will have a sink and/or refrigerator. Check the specific room you will be using to see if you need to bring supplies or a way to refrigerate your milk. For rooms equipped with an Ameda Elite breast pump, users will need to bring their own compatible collection kits. In rooms that are not equipped with pumps, users will be responsible for bringing their own. Under the Affordable Care Act, breast pumps are a covered benefit for employees enrolled in the UT Select Medical Plan.