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Breastfeeding-friendly spaces at UBC

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive workplace for all who work, research and teach at UBC, we also recognize the importance of supporting faculty and staff in bringing their whole selves to work.

For breastfeeding mothers, UBC has established a number of spaces on campus where you can breastfeed your child, pump milk and tend to your child’s needs.

The ability to breastfeed in public without harassment or censure is a right protected under both Policy SC7 – Discrimination (formerly Policy #3) and the BC Human Rights Code. To learn more, please visit the UBC Equity & Inclusion website.

If you are a UBC faculty or staff member returning to work after parental leave or if you are interested in establishing a breastfeeding-friendly space in your work area, we encourage you to first talk to your department administrator or department head. The resources and information provided below for private and semi-private spaces may help inform your conversations. If you have any further questions, contact Miranda Massie.

UBC students who require support and/or accommodation should contact their faculty’s advising office for assistance.

This page provides information about breastfeeding-friendly spaces for faculty and staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus. To learn about spaces at UBC Okanagan, visit the Okanagan Baby Friendly Initiative.

Private spaces

At UBC Vancouver, private breastfeeding-friendly spaces offer the following options:

  • Quiet, clean, sanitary single-user rooms
  • A chair with supportive arms
  • Electrical outlet
  • Garbage can
  • Change table installed in the room or in a nearby washroom
  • Sink available in the room or in a nearby washroom
  • Use of a fridge for storage (cannot be guaranteed due to the public nature of the spaces)
  • Signage that indicates the room is occupied

Note: Space may be a multipurpose room such as an infrequently used meeting room, but a high degree of privacy should be provided.

Semi-private spaces

At UBC Vancouver, semi-private breastfeeding-friendly spaces offer the following options:

  • Quiet, clean, sanitary rooms
  • A chair with supportive arms
  • Table, electrical outlet and garbage can
  • Use of a fridge for storage (cannot be guaranteed due to the public nature of the spaces)
  • Signage that indicates the room is occupied

Note: While semi-private rooms provide a reasonable degree of privacy, they are not explicitly single-user spaces and may often be shared by others. Some of the semi-private spaces are restricted to women only or individuals who self-identify as women due to the nature of the space (e.g. a women’s-only lounge or access through a women’s washroom).

Resources for establishing a breastfeeding-friendly space in your workplace

For UBC faculty, staff, departments, faculties or units interested in establishing a private or semi-private breastfeeding-friendly space, we offer the following references to inform your conversations and next steps.

Please contact Truelove Twumasi if you have any questions.

Designated breastfeeding-friendly spaces at UBC Vancouver

We check the following spaces and update the information once per year. If you have feedback about the current spaces listed below, please contact Truelove Twumasi.

Forest Sciences Centre (Private)

Location: First aid room, 2424 Main Mall, UBC Vancouver – First floor [view map]

Availability and restrictions:

  • Room is available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Space accessible with a key, which can be picked up from the Faculty of Forestry Reception Desk, located on the second floor in the southwest corner above Tim Hortons

Koerner Pavillion – UBC Hospital (Private)

Location: Room T234, 2211 Wesbrook Mall – Third floor, down the hall from the main office of the School of Nursing [view map]

Availability and restrictions:

  • Room is available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • A change table is not available in this space, but there is a change table in the nearby women’s washroom
  • No key required for this room; however, an occupied sign on the door indicates if it is currently in use or unavailable

School of Population and Public Health (Private)

Location: Room 185A, 2206 East Mall – First floor, adjoining the women’s washroom [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • Room is available Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Space accessible through the adjoining women’s washroom and is open to all individuals who self-identify as women

Last updated: August 2019

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