Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is committed to developing strategies to be supportive of nursing mothers on campus and have therefore designated the lactation rooms described below for use by faculty and staff who are nursing mothers.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time to express breast milk for one year after the child’s birth. Employers are also required to provide a place that is not a bathroom, which is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public in order for employees to express breast milk.
Nursing mothers should notify their supervisor of their need to utilize Lactation Rooms on campus during the workday. Lactation time beyond the regular break time is unpaid and will be negotiated between the Employee and the Immediate Supervisor, if necessary. No leave time should be charged for breastfeeding or pumping during lunch and regularly scheduled/approved breaks.
Locations of lactation rooms available at NEOMED can be found below. Each room has a table, seating, as well as electrical outlets.
Use of the lactation rooms is an option for nursing mothers; employees who wish to utilize their own office may do so as well. The use of the lactation rooms is on a first come, first served basis and employees should be respectful of the privacy of others while the room is in use. If scheduling is required to balance the needs of multiple nursing mothers, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at x6736 for assistance.
Although use of the lactation rooms is directed towards employees of NEOMED, students or visitors may also utilize the rooms according availability based on their access of the areas in which the rooms are located. Alternatively, under Ohio Law, a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation the mother is otherwise permitted, therefore all nursing mothers are free to breastfeed their infants as needed on campus.
|Room Location||Room Number|
|Research and Graduate Education (RGE Building)||RGE 1|
|A Building - outside of the Academic Services||A-42|
|C Building – outside of the Multidisciplinary labs||C-120|