Lactation Spaces

In 2015 the New School introduced two lactation booths on campus. All students, staff and faculty have access to these booths for pumping and breastfeeding. Find out where the closest one to you is, how to sign up and much more by exploring the questions below. (Download full FAQ here).

FAQ

Am I allowed break time and a space for expressing breastmilk at work?
What is required of a space to express breast milk at work?
Am I allowed break time and space for expressing breast milk as a student?
Do I need medical certification to use the lactation spaces?
Where are the designated lactation spaces located?
What does the Lactation Booth look like?
How do I get a key? How long can I keep the key?
How do I reserve one of the lactation spaces?
Can I reserve the lactation booths for recurring appointment times?
Is there pumping equipment in the lactation booths?
How do I get a good pump?
Is there a water source in the lactation booths?
Is there an electrical outlet in the lactation booths?
Is there a changing table in the lactation booth?
Where do I dispose of diapers, recyclables, and landfill after using the lactation booth?
Can someone key in if I am using the lactation booth?
Do I have to share the booth when I am pumping?
If I do not use the lactation booths, what other spaces can be used for expressing breast milk?
Is there a refrigerator to store my breast milk?
How long, exactly, can I store my breast milk?
Can the lactation booths be used for medical needs?
Can visitors to the university use the lactation booths on campus?
Are there lactation consultants on campus?
Is there a healthcare provider to talk with if I need more information or have concerns regarding expressing breast milk?
How do I know if my insurance plan covers breastfeeding services and supplies?
Are the lactation booths cleaned regularly? What if there is a problem with the booth?
What if I am experiencing difficulty at work accessing needed lactation time or space, or experiencing discrimination?
Who enforces Title IX?
Where can I access general information about breastfeeding?
What is the WIC Program?
Who can I speak with if I have additional questions?


 


Am I allowed break time and a space for expressing breastmilk at work?

  • Yes, breastfeeding parents have the right to pump milk at work for up to three years after giving birth. They have the right to use paid break or meal times, or reasonable unpaid break times, to pump milk. Employers must accommodate an employee’s request for a private place to pump milk. They cannot discriminate against employees who choose to pump milk at work or retaliate against a parent who asserts their rights to do so.

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What is required of a space to express breast milk at work?

  • Employers are required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

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Am I allowed break time and space for expressing breast milk as a student?

  • Yes, and such time is considered a reasonable adjustment under Title IX which prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of gender and pregnancy.

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Do I need medical certification to use the lactation spaces?

  •    No.

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Where are the designated lactation spaces located?

  •    University Center, 63 Fifth Avene, Lower Level
  •    6 East 16th Street, Lower level

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What does the Lactation Booth look like?

Lactation Booths at TNS Lactation Booth Inside at TNS
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How do I get a key? How long can I keep the key?

  • A key can be obtained in the Campus Security Office located at 68 5th Avenue, Mezzanine Level.  The key should be kept until you are no longer in need of it. Call Security at 212-229-5101 x4274 with any questions

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How do I reserve one of the lactation spaces?

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Can I reserve the lactation booths for recurring appointment times?

  • Yes.

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Is there pumping equipment in the lactation booths?

  • Yes, the university has purchased two Medela Symphony hospital-grade electric breast pumps. Users will need to bring their own Medela Symphony personal accessory kit. The kits can be purchased on Amazon, Babies R Us, Target, etc. for approximately $30.00, and are also available for purchase on a sliding scale for those who need that through a social justice initiative (email socialjustice@newschool.edu for more information).

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How do I get a good pump?

  •  Breast pumps are now covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it is always important to check with your particular health insurance plan. In order to obtain a breast pump covered by your insurance, you must buy your breast pump from an in-network durable medical equipment company (DME). Speak to your healthcare provider and/or your insurance company – ask questions about recommended pumps and insurance coverage for rented or purchased breastfeeding supplies
  •    Consumer Reports: Breast Pumps

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Is there a water source in the lactation booths?

  • No

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Is there an electrical outlet in the lactation booths?

  • Yes there is!  It is fully lit with an electrical outlet.

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Is there a changing table in the lactation booth?

  •  Yes there is!

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Where do I dispose of diapers, recyclables, and landfill after using the lactation booth?

  • Every New School building has landfill garbage bins alongside recycling bins for paper and metals/plastic.

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Can someone key in if I am using the lactation booth?

  •  No, there is an interior privacy lock that indicates that the booth is occupied.  Please remember to lock the booth while you are using it!

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Do I have to share the booth when I am pumping?

  • Although there is space for another individual (feel free to bring your child in with you), the booth is for private single-person use and only one person can reserve the booth at a time

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If I do not use the lactation booths, what other spaces can be used for expressing breast milk?

  •  If you are an employee you can your use office (if you have one), make arrangements in your department to use someone else’s office, or speak to Human Resources about how to secure private space.

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Is there a refrigerator to store my breast milk?

  • No, there is no public refrigerator to use on campus. Some faculty, staff and students may have access to a refrigerator in their department.

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How long, exactly, can I store my breast milk?

  • You may find that different resources provide different variations on the amount of time you can store breast milk at room temperature, in the refrigerator, and in the freezer. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions.
  • You can store it at room temperature for 4 to 10 hours (at no warmer than 77°F, or 25°C).
  • You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 8 days at 32°-39°F (0°-3.9°C).
  • You can store it in the freezer (be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top of the container or bottle to allow for expansion of the milk when it freezes) for up to two weeks in a freezer compartment contained inside the refrigerator.

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Can the lactation booths be used for medical needs?

  • Students in need of private space on campus for medical reasons should contact Student Disability Services, email: studentdisability@newschool.edu, phone: 212-229-5626

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Can visitors to the university use the lactation booths on campus?

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Are there lactation consultants on campus?

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Is there a healthcare provider to talk with if I need more information or have concerns regarding expressing breast milk?

  •    Students may contact Student Health Services at 212-229-1671 or their own health care provider
  •    Staff and Faculty should contact their own health care provider

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How do I know if my insurance plan covers breastfeeding services and supplies?

  •  Most breast pumps are now covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is always wise to check with your particular health insurance plan first.
  •  Students: contact Student Health Services Office Manager at SHS@newschool.edu or call 212-229-1671 option 4
  •  Faculty/Staff: contact a benefits staff person at benefitshelp@newschool.edu , or call 212-229-5671 x 4942

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Are the lactation booths cleaned regularly? What if there is a problem with the booth?

  •  The university’s Facilities Department cleans the booths regularly. If a booth needs cleaning or there is a problem contact the Facilities Department at ucworkorders@newschool.edu or facilitiesmanagement@newschool.edu or call 212-229-5456.

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What if I am experiencing difficulty at work accessing needed lactation time or space, or experiencing discrimination?

  •   Students should email Student Rights and Responsibilities at SRR@newschool.edu, or call 212-229-5349

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  •  Title IX Coordinator for Students: Jennifer Francone, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, email: franconj@newschool.edu, Phone: 212-229-5900 x3656
  •  Faculty or Staff should contact the Title IX Coordinator for Faculty/Staff: Carol Cantrell, Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Labor Relations 212-229-5671 x4900, email: cantrellc@newschool.edu

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Who enforces Title IX?

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that a school district, college, or university is violating Federal law, you may contact OCR at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov. If you wish to fill out a complaint form online, you may do so here.
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Where can I access general information about breastfeeding?

  •    You can speak to your healthcare provider or search for information on the Internet.
  •    Here are a couple of websites that may be helpful:

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What is the WIC Program?

  •  The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health. View their website here.

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Who can I speak with if I have additional questions?

  •  Faculty/Staff may contact Human Resources at BenefitsHelp@newschool.edu or 212-229-5671 x4942.
  •  Students may contact Student Health Services to see a healthcare provider at shs@newschool.edu or call 212-229-1671
  •  Interested in advocating for parents/guardians/caregivers in The New School community? Email the Caregivers Support Working Group of the Social Justice Committee at caregivers@newschool.edu

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