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Lactation Rooms

Lactation Rooms Mother and Baby

Lactation Rooms

Nursing Mothers

Lactation Room at Bender Library

Lactation Room at Bender Library

American University provides lactation rooms to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Any nursing mother who is an American University community member (faculty, staff, student, contract employee) or their spouse, same or opposite sex partner can use any of the lactation rooms.

Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk during their time on campus. All rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, table, and ample electrical outlets near the chair.

Some rooms contain refrigerators and sinks. If a sink is not in the room itself, there will be one close by. Nursing mothers will need to provide their own pump. If you use a room where a refrigerator is not provided, we recommend that you bring a small cooler to store your breast milk. American University is not responsible for the security or integrity of breast milk stored in or outside of the lactation room refrigerator.

All lactation room users are expected to clean up after each use of a room. Each user should allow enough time within a visit to clean spills and dispose of trash properly.

Below is a list of rooms and details about location, access, and accommodations for each. Please contact the appropriate room manager for registration prior to use.


Campus Map of Lactation Rooms (PDF)



Room Location

Room Details



Kay Spiritual Center*
(A on Map)

Main level off the Chapel

Sink nearby.

7 days/wk:
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Jennifer Baron Knowles

Bender Library**
(B on Map)

First floor,
administrative offices

and sink.

5 days/wk:
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Katherine Simpson

Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave

Mothers' Rooms

Terrace level
(C1 on Map)

4th floor
(C2 on Map)

Sink nearby.


4401 Connecticut Avenue
(D on Map)

Wellness Room,
4th floor,

and sink.

5 days/wk:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Berta Najera

Jesse Lanier

(E on Map)

Wellness Room,
3rd floor,
Room #375

and sink.

5 days/wk:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

Spring Valley Building**
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW

1st Floor, #111

and sink.

5 days/wk:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mindy Schuster

*Contract workers and campus visitors may use this room
**AU faculty and staff use only.


Faculty or staff with questions about lactation rooms or workplace accommodations, should contact the Employee Relations team in HR at x2607 or

Students should contact Kerry Diekmann in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at x3651 or

For access to WCL "Mothers' Rooms": AU employees should contact WCL Facilities at x4008 to have thier AU ID card coded to enter the room. Visitors should contact Public Safety at (202) 885-2527.
For additional questions, contact Cathy Prather at x 4062 or


Le Leche League International
Le Leche League International's mission is "to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother."

MOBI Motherhood International
MOBI Motherhood Intl. is a non-profit organization committed to research, advocacy, education, and support for mothers with extraordinary circumstances that hinder or prevent the breastfeeding relationship. Its goal is to promote the support of mothers with extreme breastfeeding issues, with our online support groups, and with education and research.

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
The Center is located just off the Foggy Bottom campus at 2141 K Street, NW. The staff at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington is committed to optimizing the breastfeeding experience from the beginning. Supportive classes emphasize healthy and normal breastfeeding variations, with respect and understanding of the unique family.