Three lactation rooms are now available on campus, providing a private space for all nursing mothers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Initially developed by the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) and Human Resources in 2018, two lactation rooms supported the needs of working mothers on campus. A third was later added.
“These lactation rooms allow mothers to pump in private, especially if they don’t have spaces within their office to do that.” said Abigail Caritan, MA, senior administrative associate for the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED).
The rooms are located:
- In the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, 920 Madison Ave., Suite 825. The room is accessible Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The lactation room in OIED includes a microwave, mini-fridge, spare pumping bags, and a Medela pump (please bring your own parts). The room is accessible through the front door of OIED, and an associate will be present to direct nursing mothers.
- In Human Resources, located at 910 Madison Ave., Suite 753. The room is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. If there is no one available in Human Resources for access, a key to the room is in the UT Federal Credit Union, 910 Madison Ave., Suite 100.
- In Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion (SASSI), 8 S. Dunlap, GEB, Room BB9 The lactation room is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nursing mothers can access this room through the badge entrance of room CB18 or visit the main SASSI office for assistance.
No appointments are required for accessing the lactation rooms, however, nursing mothers may call OIED at 901.448.2122, Human Resources at 901.448.5601, and SASSI at 901.448.5056 in advance to access a room.
“Primarily, our goal is to remind the campus of the presence of the lactation rooms and their availability on campus to staff, students, faculty, and visitors,” said Debbie Long, Human Resources benefits associate. “We wish to help support the needs of working mothers by providing a comfortable place to pump.”