Lactation Spaces

Federal law stipulates that Tufts employees who need to express breastmilk during the workday are entitled to breaks and a private space (not a bathroom) to do so for up to a year after the birth of a child.

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Employees who do not have a private office may find lactation space in one of two ways: dedicated lactation rooms and ad hoc lactation rooms.

Dedicated lactation rooms

To reserve a room, please email and request access to book lactation spaces through the (Tufts Space and Resources Reservation System). This will list all the spaces available to you on the Boston and Medford campuses, and you will be able to request the time and space convenient for you. For the Grafton campus, Room 1802A is available 24/7 in the Large Animal Hospital for lactation use, and no request is necessary.

On the Medford Campus, there are five lactation rooms open to all members of the Tufts community. Click here to see a flyer with a map of the spaces. The room coordinators below can answer questions about the rooms for you, but all scheduling should be done through the space reservation system.

  • Ballou Hall, first floor. For info contact: Lisa Bloom, Office Assistant in the Provost's Office (617-627-4815,
  • The Fletcher School, Cabot Hall, Room 207. For info contact: Hall of Flags main reception desk (617-627-3329)
  • Halligan Hall, Room 219. For info contact: Electrical and Computer Engineering administration office (617-627-3217, or Computer Science administration office (617-627-2225,
  • CLIC building, 574 Boston Ave., Room 125. For info contact: Lorin Polidora, Manager of Administrative Services (617-627-1108,
  • Tisch Library, Room 104. For info contact: Tisch Administration Office (617-627-3345,
  • 200 Boston Ave. For info contact: Human Resources front desk (617-627-6272)
  • SEC, Room LL007. For info contact: Bruce Panilaitis, SEC Director, (617-627-3550,

On the Boston Campus, there are two locations:

  • Dental School, 1 Kneeland St., DHS 418. Request card access through the online Facilities Services Service Request System. Most requests will be processed within 1-2 business days.
  • Biomedical Research and Public Health Building (BRPH), 136 Harrison Avenue, Room M423. For info contact Verna Manni (617-626-6663, This room can accommodate two people at a time and has two hospital-grade pumps; users bring their own accessories.

On the Grafton Campus, Room 1802A is available 24/7 in the Large Animal Hospital for lactation use, and no request is necessary. If you encounter any problems with the space, please contact Lucia Hackett, the HR Business Partner for the Cummings School:, 617-628-7975.

Ad hoc lactation rooms

If the dedicated spaces do not meet your needs—for example, if they are more than a five-minute walk from your workplace—the Office of Equal Opportunity will help facilitate your use of an ad hoc lactation space. Contact Johny Lainé at or 617-627-6363.