Bottle and Breastfeeding Facilities
The University campus is entirely breastfeeding friendly and there are no restrictions on bottle or breastfeeding at the University.
The following have been identified to offer space for breastfeeding and expressing.
- Charles Thackrah: Room G09 is a quiet, breastfeeding friendly room.
- Liberty Building: G26
- Worsley Building: Rooms 8.36 and 8.43o are designated as quiet rooms suitable for breastfeeding.
- St James Hospital: CSB 4.15 is designated as a breastfeeding room. CSB 7.18a is also available with a couch and toilet cubicle. All staff and students can book if either facility is wanted.
- School of Chemical and Process Engineering: 3.31 can be used for administering medication, feeding babies (including breastfeeding), expressing breast milk, short breakout needs e.g. when feeling stressed or anxious, resting for pregnancy and disability, health or medical purposes.
The Facilities Directorate have produced a map showing the locations of Baby Nursing Facilities on campus (PDF) and additional information about breastfeeding facilities for student parents can be found in the Policy on support for pregnant students and students with very young children (PDF).
The rooms listed above are also available for colleagues taking medication, therapeutic relaxation, physio exercise, sensory management and /or to rest to manage pain levels.
It is however recognised due to the size of the campus that informal local arrangements may be more appropriate to meet individual needs. When making these local arrangements please consider that appropriate spaces should include access to a sofa, chair/s, artificial & natural light source (and ability to control these light sources), ‘occupied’ sign and not be multi-use spaces e.g. a prayer room. A locally managed booking system may also need to be implemented to support the efficient use of these spaces.
Identifying an Appropriate Room
Staff are advised to speak to their line manager and students to their School/Faculty (normally your personal tutor/research supervisor), if a private, safe area is preferred or required for breastfeeding, expressing or other well-being purposes. Together you should endeavour to identify an appropriate room that can be used, and consider whether a health and safety risk assessment is needed. Staff who encounter any difficulty identifying a space or who need a room outside of their normal work location should contact their local HR team, who will be able to work with you to provide additional support.
For more information on accessible rooms, please visit the AccessAble University of Leeds webpage.