Campus Nursing and Lactation Spaces

Centers and academic units are responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff, and students have access to appropriate space for nursing and pumping breastmilk when they return to campus after childbirth. Information about dedicated lactation spaces on campus can be found below. If you would like to include a location in this list, please contact the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women at

Available Lactation Spaces on Campus

Department and Location Access Available Equipment Contact
Barsema Hall 108
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Pick up key in room 139 N/A
Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, room 103
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8 a.m.-noon
1-4:30 p.m.

Private room, chairs and couch, refrigerator, outlet, bathroom nearby
Child Development and Family Center, infant room 
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Only available for parents who have children enrolled at Child Development and Family Center N/A
Employee Assistance Program, room 707 
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Please call ahead to make sure the room isn't being used. N/A 815-753-9191
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, second floor 
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Private room, two chairs, pillows, additional spaces including kitchen nearby
Health Services, Women's Health Clinic
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
N/A 815-753-1311
Commuter and Off-Campus Programs, room 170
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Refrigerator only (for milk storage) 
University Libraries, room 102A 
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School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Wirtz Hall 166 (view map)

8 a.m.-noon
1-4:30 p.m.

Access to the secured room is available by speaking to FACS office staff in Wirtz 118

Spacious room is equipped with a rocking chair, a changing table, 4 regular chairs and a small table.

It is also very close to restroom facilities.


Campus Lactation Policy

Northern Illinois University recognizes the importance of breastfeeding and supports the accommodation of mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding, nursing or expressing milk after their return to work through the NIU Workplace Breaseeding Policy and Procedure (2009).

Requirements for Lactation Spaces

For academic units and centers creating a lactation space, a private and sanitary space is required. The following amenities are strongly encouraged:

  • Not a bathroom.
  • Lock on the door to ensure privacy.
  • Shielded from view.
  • Access to soap and running water to clean equipment.
  • Comfortable chair and close shelf or table for a breast pump.
  • Electrical outlet near the chair.
  • Wall clock.