If the Fair Labor Standards Act, which took effect in 2010, requires companies to provide time and a private space for new mothers to breast-pump at work, why are we still hearing horror stories years later?
Pumping in bathrooms and dirty supply closets, being walked in on by coworkers and even male colleagues stealing breastmilk are all real and incredibly stressful situations that working moms continue to endure.
best companies know the secret to success (and employee retention!) is to make sure new mothers return to work happy, healthy and fully supported. One easy way to do that? Keep them comfortable while they pump. With everything from hospital-grade equipment to massage chairs, the companies below have created luxurious and serene spaces that allow moms to privately pump in peace. Here’s what you will find at some of the swankiest lactation lounges in the country:
More and more companies are creating swanky and serene rooms that allow their working mom employees to breast-pump in peace. Leo Burnett Mother’s Lounge How many lactation stations are available in each Mother’s Lounge? A 500-square-foot lounge contains eight private rooms with outlets for pumps. The rooms have comfortable chairs, lamps and shelves. How do moms store their milk? The lounge offers a private full-size refrigerator for new moms. What else does the room offer? In addition to the refrigerator, the lounge area includes dozens of lockers for moms to store their pumps so they do not need to carry them to and from work. The space also includes two sinks, and two microwaves. Are there any additional perks? Moms can browse a library of parenting and children’s books, then relax and read on one of the room’s two sofas. General Mills Mother’s Room How many lactation stations are available? The company offers a total of 19 Mother’s Rooms across its Twin Cities office locations. In the General Mills office headquarters, there are nine individual and private lactation rooms. How do moms store their milk? Each lactation room has its own mini-refrigerator. What else does the room offer? All rooms have a hospital-grade breast pump, a comfortable chair and sanitizing wipes. Unilever Lactation Rooms How many lactation room are available? The Unilever office in Englewood Cliffs offers 12 individual private rooms. Is milk storage available? Each room has its own mini-refrigerator. What else does the room offer? At least one room on each floor in every building has a Medela hospital-grade pump. Any other perks? Women have access to sinks, mirrors, microwaves and Baby Dove and Seventh Generation products, such as wipes and soap. Hyatt Lactation Rooms What was the thought process for designing the rooms? Throughout the design process, the team took great care to ensure the rooms were comfortable, convenient and easily accessible for working moms, with everything from fixtures and structural elements to high-quality supplies taken into consideration. And they continue to request feedback on what else might make the rooms more comfortable. How many lactation stations are available? There are five private lactation stations dispersed throughout Hyatt’s work space. How do moms store their milk? There’s a mini-fridge in each room, and employees are also able to request a private mini-fridge to be installed at their own desks for storage. What else do the rooms offer? A hospital-grade pump, milk storage bags, cleaning wipes, a full sink with bottle-safe soap, a microwave for sanitizing parts, and lockers for supplies are all provided in each room to help support the moms. Intel Lactation Rooms How is each Mother’s Room equipped? Intel has permanent Mother’s Rooms at all of their sites with 200 or more people, and the company has temporary Mother’s Rooms for sites with fewer than 200 people. Women also have access to lactation “pods” from Mamava. Refrigerators and microwaves are offered in both permanent and temporary rooms, and all of the rooms, including the Mamava pods, have hospital-grade pumps. Any other perks? The spaces are set up to be work-free, to help new moms relax and destress. They have dimming light features and floor lamps in some locations, as well as bulletin boards for information and photo sharing.. Bonnier Lactation Room How is the room furnished? Bonnier offers a lactation room in its New York office, furnished with a comfy lounge chair and desk chair, lamp and nightstand to place any additional pumping items moms may have. How do moms store their milk? The room contains a mini-refrigerator. What else does the room offer? A hospital-grade breast pump comes along with “How-To” sheets, to help new moms learn how to properly pump their breastmilk. Any additional perks? Moms can treat themselves to a little TLC while they pump, thanks to a massaging seat cover and a foot massager. The room also includes a white noise machine, bluetooth speaker, charging station and a vertical mirror—to prevent a potential fashion faux pas before employees head back to work. Deloitte Lactation Room How are the lactation rooms furnished? Deloitte offers single use lactation rooms in their offices, all furnished with a sofa and ottoman to relax and pump, as well as a table to rest any other accessories. How do moms store their milk? Moms are offered a mini-refrigerator to store their breastmilk. What else does the room offer? The lactation rooms include a sink, and all new moms at Deloitte are given professional-grade breast pump for convenient use at work. Any additional perks for breastfeeding moms? Deloitte provides each new mom six months of unlimited telephone counseling with a certified lactation consultant and reimbursement of shipping expenses for expressed milk while on business travel. And if you think this space looks serene, just wait—the company plans on redesigning its lactation rooms within the next year to provide a suite containing multiple private rooms with a more spa-like aesthetic. IBM Lactation Room How many lactation stations are available? IBM offers a total of 30 lactation rooms within their company offices. At their site in Rochester, MN, they offer a room with two separate stations along with a single use room, offering up more availability for new moms returning from maternity leave. How do moms store their milk? The rooms also offer cubbies and a refrigerator in order to help moms store their pumps and milk. What else do the rooms offer? Permanent, hospital grade pumps are offered to moms at the IBM offices in Austin, TX. Corporate Communications Manager Laurie Freidman says, “It’s a convenience to mothers who don’t want to bring pumps back and forth from home to work each day.” Any additional perks for new moms? IBM also offers expectant mother parking at many of their U.S. locations. .Microsoft New Mother’s Rooms How many lactation stations are available? There is at least one New Mother’s Room with a minimum of two vestibule lactation stations in each Microsoft office, depending on the population of the building. Collectively, there are more than 600 New Mother’s Rooms globally. For moms at locations without the option of a private area, the company allows them to arrange for a place at their location with managers, or get approved locks on their office doors. How do moms store their milk? Each New Mother’s Room includes a fridge and freezer. What else do the rooms offer?Hospital-grade breast pumps are provided for all new moms so they are able to pump at work in the private rooms. Any additional perks? The rooms avoid feeling too clinical or corporate thanks to radios and tack boards for photos, for a more hospitable and personal atmosphere (and cute pictures of kids, of course). The cost of shipping breastmilk is covered for employees who travel for work. Perkins+Will Lactation Room How many lactation rooms are available? Perkins+Will’s Los Angeles office offers a single room with all the amenities moms need in one place. The room was designed by the company and has a soft and cushioned sofa, giving it a calm and homey touch—especially with the framed pictures of the city on the walls. How do moms store their milk? The room is equipped with a small refrigerator for moms to store breastmilk. What else does the room offer? The room has a sink and washable sterilizer, and clean towels are always available. Any additional perks? The room also contains a wireless speaker, a fan, aromatherapy mister, a side table and indirect floor light to create an even more relaxing environment. SRAM Mother’s Room How many lactation rooms are available? SRAM has one dedicated Mother’s Room furnished with a lounge chair, side table and overhead lamp. How do moms store their milk? The room is equipped with a refrigerator specifically for moms. It has multiple shelves to increase milk storage availability. What else does the room offer? There is a sink with dish soap, hand soap, drying rack, paper towels and a storage cabinet as well. Any additional perks? The spouse of an SRAM employee, who is a “lactavist,” natural child birth educator and professional birth doula, added a few touches to the room to help new moms feel more at ease when pumping. She added a cork board on the wall so mothers can hang up pictures of their babies. (This is meant to help induce letdown and make the milk flow easier when pumping.) Other cheery additions include a colorful vase and flowers, and a framed inspirational quote, to remind moms how amazing they are. Morningstar Wellness Room How many lactation rooms are available? Morningstar offers a single wellness room in their New York office equipped with a microwave, under-counter refrigerator, a countertop sink, cabinets, a chair, adjustable table and a trackable panel. How do moms store their milk? Moms are able to store breastmilk in the under-counter refrigerator. Are there any additional perks offered to new moms inside the room? A bulletin board for family photos helps moms feel cozy (and also breast-pump with ease). Constellation Brands Mother’s Lounge How many lactation stations are available? Constellation has two Mother’s Lounges in their Chicago, IL office that are 180 square feet. Each lounge has three lactation stations with padded chairs and footrests to help moms feel a little more comfortable. How do moms store their milk? Two under-counter refrigerators are offered in all Mother’s Lounges. This adds more countertop space without losing storage availability. What else do the rooms offer? Each station has its own breast pump, and the lounges contain a microwave, sink and eight personal lockers with digital controls. Any additional perks? The Constellation rooms are equipped with marker-boards to write positive messages for other moms to see, and a cork board to pin up photos of the little ones. Amazon Mother’s Room How many lactation stations are available? At their office headquarters in Seattle, Amazon offers 100 Mother’s Rooms dedicated to nursing moms. How do moms store their milk? Each room has its own fridge for storing breastmilk. What else do the rooms offer? Every room is equipped with hospital-grade pumps and storage for all pumping accessories if a mother chooses to bring her own. Any additional perks? Other room accommodations include seating, a work station, phone and network connection, for moms who don’t want to unplug. Cisco Systems Mother’s Room How many lactation stations are offered? On their San Jose campus, Cisco Systems offers one Mother’s Room in each of its buildings, with two lactation pods. Each station has a chair, table surface, access to electrical outlets and as always, that much-needed privacy. How do moms store their milk? Each lactation room has a mini-refrigerator with both a refrigerator and freezer section. What else do the rooms offer? A large sink and dish soap help moms clean pump accessories and bottles. Any additional perks for breastfeeding moms? In each room, moms can find info on breastfeeding support and onsite childcare programs, and women who are pregnant or just gave birth are offered a lactation program through Optum and Corporate Lactation Services. Ford Motor Company Lactation Lounge How many lactation lounges are available? Over the next five years, Ford will be rolling out 75 new mother’s rooms all throughout the U.S. offices. Where can moms store their milk? There is a refrigerator in the waiting room of the lounge. What are some special features of the rooms? The first room, located in Ford’s World Headquarters in Michigan, features a waiting room with private nursing suites. The suites have WiFi, a chair and workstation, and a telephone. In the waiting area, there is a sink, a microwave, a refrigerator, and lockers to store personal belongings. The location is also testing new medical-grade breast pumps for easier and more efficient milk collection. PricewaterCooper Mother’s Rooms How many lactation stations are available? The company has 80 Mother’s Rooms located in their offices across the U.S. Each one is a single occupant staton, and nursing mothers never have to go more than one floor up or down to access a room. How do moms store their milk? Each Mother’s Room has an under-counter refrigerator. What else do the rooms offer? Storage cabinets and digital lockers are provided for moms to store their pumps. Any additional perks? Aside from the standard supplies, some local offices provide parenting magazines and tea. Nordstrom Mother’s Lounge What is each Mother’s Lounge equipped with to assist new moms while they pump? Nordstrom is unique in that they offer Mother’s Lounges in both their full-price retail stores as well as office buildings. The lounges in full-price stores consist of large cushioned chairs and have access to changing tables if needed. The lactation rooms in office buildings consist of chairs, a changing table, a sink, a microwave and private areas for pumping. How do moms store their milk? Women have access to a standard size mini-fridge to store breastmilk. Cintas Lactation Suite How many rooms are in the lactation suite? As of August 2019, Cintas updated their Mason, Ohio location to have a lactation suite with three rooms. Where can moms store their milk? There is a refrigerator in the hallway of the suite. What else do the rooms provide? Cintas offers medical grade breast pumps. The company aimed to make the rooms as cozy as possible with reclining swivel chairs, art with motivational quotes, and framed baby photos. Facebook Mother’s Rooms How many Mother’s Rooms are available? As of May 2018, the company has 155 Mother’s Rooms globally, and 115 are located in the U.S. They are women-only rooms to increase the privacy and ensure the comfortability of every new mom when they need to pump at work. How do moms store their milk? Facebook offices offer large refrigerators for multiple uses at a time. What else do the rooms offer? All Mother’s Rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art pumping equipment as well as sanitation gear specifically suited for nursing mothers. Any additional perks for breastfeeding moms? All new moms get a special badge to access the room, and they aren’t required to book appointments to use the room (perfect for squeezing in a pumping session between meetings). Facebook also ensures there are Mother’s Rooms at big company-sponsored events, so moms are supported at work even if they are not in the office.