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 Student Assistance, room 170
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Refrigerator only (for milk storage)
Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Revis Hall 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
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, second floor 
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Privacy curtain, chair, outlet nearby
Holmes Student Center Hotel
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Monday - Sunday
7 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Room is available free of charge and can be reserved at the front desk.

Milk cannot be stored in the room. Key must be returned when finished 
Montgomery Hall, Room 316
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8 a.m.-4:30p.m.
check out key from Biology main office in MO 349
Private, lockable, quiet room with a rocking chair, mini-fridge/freezer, changing table and clean air diffusers.
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 Breastfeeding 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.