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Nursing Mother Room Guidelines for Breastfeeding Mothers Who Wish to Express Milk

Texas State University provides nursing mother rooms available to all faculty and staff. Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for nursing mothers who need to express breast milk during the workday.

Getting Started
A list of nursing mother rooms available to employees to express milk is located on the website at Nursing Mother Room Locations.

Request access
Nursing mothers may access the rooms only for the purposes of expressing, storing, and collecting breast milk. Employees may check out a key to use the rooms as needed. Contact information to obtain keys and reserve each room is located on the website at Nursing Mother Room Locations. It is best to reserve the room in advance. The room use is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Plan for storage/cooling
Each of the rooms is equipped with a table, chair, electrical outlet, and key lock; some of the rooms contain compact refrigerators, sinks, and lockers. If a sink is not in the room itself, access to a women's restroom is nearby for cleaning up. Some of the rooms are equipped with compact refrigerators. If you use a room where a refrigerator is not provided, we recommend that you bring a cooler to store your breast milk or in another common refrigerator. Texas State University is not responsible for the security or integrity of breast milk stored in or outside of the nursing mother room refrigerator.

Some of the rooms have lockers in the room for storage; however, each employee is responsible for providing your own personal lock for the locker. We are not responsible for securing personal items left in the rooms against theft or use by others.

Cleaning & Sanitization
All nursing mother room users are expected to clean up after each use of a room. This is not only out of respect for the next user, but to prevent contamination and illness transmission. Each user should allow enough time within a visit to clean any breast milk spills and dispose of trash properly. Hand sanitizer/wipes and paper towels are provided for cleaning.

Upon accessing the room, lock the door and turn the sign to IN USE to alert other users that someone is using the room. Turn the sign back to VACANT when you leave the room unoccupied.