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Lactation Rooms Nursing Parents

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American University provides lactation rooms to support nursing parents returning to work, school, or campus. Any nursing parent 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 people 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 parents 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.

4401 Connecticut Avenue
Room Location Wellness Room, 4th floor, #476
Room Details Refrigerator and sink
Hours Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact

Colleen Mahoney
x5971
mahoney@american.edu

Jesse Lanier
x3552
jlanier@american.edu

 

Bender Library
Room Location First floor, administrative offices (B)
Room Details Refrigerator and sink
Hours Available when the library is open (longer hours during the academic year).
Contact Rose Chou
x3450
chou@american.edu

 

Kay Spiritual Center
Room Location Main level off the chapel (A) Labeled "Part-Time Chaplain Office" 
Room Details Refrigerator in room and sink nearby
Hours Saturday - Sunday
8:00am - 11:00pm
Contact Jennifer Baron Knowles
x3221
jbaron@american.edu
Notes
  • The Kay lactation (wellness) space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no official reservation process.
  • To access the space, walk into the main entrance (into the Chapel space). Walk towards the stage/alter area and you will find a few doors on each side on the aisles. The lactation space is labeled as "Part-Time Chaplain" office, but it does not function as that on a regular basis. To enter, push the door (it will not open if you pull). Once inside, you can lock from within for privacy. There is a small fridge in the space as well. 
  • When Chapel services/programs are occurring, you will need to walk by/next to the event to get into the space or you may also access the space through the back of the Chapel. To see if the Chapel has an event during a specific date/time, visit the University Master Calendar for daily activities.
  • To visit the space in advance during business hours, please contact Jennifer Knowles.

 

East Campus
Room Location Myers 274 - 2nd floor to north (left when facing Physics) as you come off the garage elevator
Room Details Refrigerator and sink
Hours Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact

AU faculty and staff request card access by emailing access@american.edu.

Visitors request access by calling UCGS at 202-885-8247.

 

McKinley
Room Location Wellness Room, 3rd floor, #375 (E)
Room Details Refrigerator and sink
Hours Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold
x2059
kristipg@american.edu

 

Spring Valley Building
Room Location Room 111
Room Details Refrigerator and sink
Hours Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact

AU faculty and staff have access with their ID card.

Visitors may request access by emailing access@american.edu.

Washington College of Law
Room Locations Mothers' Room CT06, Terrace level (C1)
Mothers' Room Yuma, 4th floor (C2)
Room Details Refrigerator in room and sink nearby.
Hours Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact x4357
facilities@wcl.american.edu
Notes AU faculty and staff request card access by emailing access@american.edu. Visitors, call x4357 to request visitor access.

 

Room locations are indicated on Lactation Rooms Map

*Contract workers and campus visitors may use this room