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Lactation Room

Lactation Room Information and Guidelines

Teachers College is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers – students, faculty, and staff. In addition to ensuring that the regulations above are enforced, there is a dedicated lactation room – a clean, private place where members of the community who are nursing can express milk.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for their baby’s first six months of life and continue breastfeeding through their baby’s first year of life. New York State Labor Law § 206-C requires that employers allow working women to use unpaid break time or paid meal time to nurse their babies or express milk for up to three years after the birth of their child. It also requires employers to provide a reasonable space where an employee can express milk in privacy and prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee who exercises this right.

In addition to providing a dedicated lactation room, TC has worked with the Office of Work/Life at Columbia University to provide access to other supports, including the discounted purchase of breast pump accessories and access to the private lactation rooms across Columbia campuses. In order to support breastfeeding mothers and to ensure that we are responsibly allowing for the rights afforded to them under New York Labor Law, we have a streamlined system for getting access to, and scheduling time in the Lactation Rooms.

If you have questions or comments about the Lactation Room, please email tclactationroom@tc.columbia.edu. To request access, please fill out the following form: