UCI Breastfeeding and Lactation Support

Returning to work after a having new baby can be difficult, especially for women who choose to breastfeed. UCI provides the worksite assistance you need for you and your baby to remain happy and healthy.

The UCI Parenting Support Program includes access to lactation rooms (some with hospital grade pumps), lactation accommodation kits, breastfeeding classes, and support from a lactation consultant.



Lactation Rooms at the UCI Campus

There are several lactation rooms throughout the UCI Campus for your convenience:


Lactation Rooms at the UC Irvine Medical Center

UC Irvine Health has Medela hospital-grade pumps for staff members to use while they pump at work. Employees are responsible for purchasing their own Medela double electric breast pump kit.

There are several lactation rooms throughout the UC Irvine medical center for your convenience:

  • Douglas Hospital, Room 6004
    Keys are available from the atrium main lobby information desk on the first floor. After 9:30 p.m., a key can be obtained from the security desk.
  • Douglas Hospital, Room 4406 - Temporary Room as of 2/15/19
    An access badge and key can be found in the Atrium’s desk drawer and are required to access room 4406. Staff using this room must return the badge and key after every use. Instructions on how to get to room 4406: Take elevator to the 4th floor. Turn left at the elevator exit, turn left at the hallway, go straight to the end of the hallway, swipe badge on wall badge reader, double doors to your right will open and immediately to the right you will see room 4406. This room has temporarily been set up to provide privacy and comfort to our lactating staff.
  • Chao Family Cancer Center pump room
    This room is located inside the changing room. The pump room is for OSS/GI employees only.
  • 200 Manchester Building, 8th floor, suite 837
    Contact the Benefits Department at 714-456-5736 for key availability.


Additional Resources

Your rights:
If you have questions about your rights, read the UC policy on accommodations for nursing mothers PPSM 84: Accommodations for Nursing Mothers (pdf). For more information and UCI Accommodation Guidelines ›

Medical plan resources:
UC medical plans provide a variety of breastfeeding support resources including nurse lines, counselors and online programs to help you if you have questions about breastfeeding. If you are covered by a UC medical plan, breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling may be available at no cost. For details, contact your plan ›

Breastfeeding classes:
Offered at no cost by UC Irvine Health to all UCI faculty and staff. View the breastfeeding class schedule ›

Newborn Care classes:
Offered at no cost by UC Irvine Health to all UCI faculty and staff. View nnewborn care class schedule

UCI Parenting classes and Webinars:
Offered at no cost to all UCI faculty and staff. Classes include: Expecting Parents, Parenting Resources 101, Infant and Child Fist Aid & CPR, SCholarShare, and more. View parenting class schedule ›

UC Irvine Health Lactation consultant:
Our UCI lactation consultant is Patty Carlton, who can be reached at 714-456-3920 or pcarlton@uci.edu.

Guidance Resources, Employee Assistance Program:
Call 844-UCI-EAP3 or visit guidanceresources.com (company ID: UCIEAP3) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about EAP ›

Office on Women's Health:
This office can be reached at 800-994-9662 or by going to womenshealth.gov.

The Newborn Channel:
Videos on a variety of topics, including breastfeeding, child safety, keeping you and your baby healthy, child development, infant sleeping, car seat safety and much more. To view the videos, go to The Newborn Channel and enter 02800 as the password ›

Text4Baby:
A free service for expectant and new moms. The text messages, in both English and Spanish, are tailored to where you are in your pregnancy or what your baby is going through at various developmental stages. Learn more about Text4Baby ›