San Francisco State Lactation Room(s)

Lactation Guide


To establish best practices for lactation support and accommodations and to ensure continued compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.


California Senate Bill (SB), Section 142

California Labor Code Sections 1030-1034

San Francisco State University (SFSU) recognizes the importance and benefits of providing lactation support and accommodations to faculty and staff who need to express milk. In compliance with federal and state law, SFSU will provide all lactating employees with adequate break time and private lactation rooms to express milk.

Reasonable Amount of Break Time

Lactating employees have the right to a reasonable amount of break time each time the employee has the need to express milk. If possible, the break time shall run concurrently with the break time already provided to the employee. Break time that does not run concurrently with an employee’s authorized break time will be determined in accordance with the employee’s respective Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A reasonable amount of break time is typically twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes, two (2) to three (3) times per day. However, the necessary amount and frequency of required break time are impacted by individual needs and proximity to lactation spaces. As such, a reasonable amount of break time for a lactating employee should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The break schedule should be based on the employee’s needs and the operational needs of the department.

Location to Express Milk

SFSU shall provide appropriate, private space, in close proximity to a lactating employee’s work area, for the employee to express milk. The private space shall:

  • Not be a restroom.
  • Be shielded from view and free from intrusion while the employee is expressing milk.
  • Be safe, clean, and free of hazardous materials.
  • Contain a surface to place a breast pump and other personal items.
  • Contain a place to sit, and Have access to electricity or alternative devices, including, but not limited to, extension cords or charging stations needed to operate an electric or battery-powered breast pump.


SFSU shall provide access to a sink with running water and a refrigerator suitable for storing milk in close proximity to the employee’s work area.

A lactating employee may choose to use the place where the employee normally works, such as the employee’s private office if it meets the above requirements for such space.

Where a multipurpose room (such as a conference room or vacant office) is used for lactation, the use of the room for lactation shall take precedence over the other uses, but only for the time, it is in use for lactation purposes.

Alternative temporary lactation spaces may be designated by Human Resources (HR), as needed, on a case-by-case basis.


Employees have the right to request a lactation accommodation.

To request a lactation accommodation, an employee shall discuss their accommodation needs with their appropriate administrator as soon as possible. Such discussions should include a mutual agreement regarding the frequency and timing of breaks, typically two (2) to three (3) times per day for twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes, and the availability of lactation spaces in close proximity to the employee’s workspace. Employees’ lactation needs may vary, and accommodations should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If an employee and their appropriate administrator are unable to reach an agreement, the employee shall reach out to HR for assistance.

Employees who wish to use the designated lactation rooms on campus should register online to gain access to the calendar and lactation rooms available on campus.

If the designated lactation rooms on campus are not in close proximity to an employee’s work area, then the employee may work with HR to find a temporary lactation location on campus.

If SFSU is unable to comply with an employee’s request for a lactation accommodation, HR will provide a written response to the employee’s request.


SFSU shall not discharge, or in any other manner discriminate or retaliate against, an employee for exercising or attempting to exercise their right to a lactation accommodation.


Employees are responsible for initiating the lactation accommodation process with their appropriate administrator.

Employees are encouraged to discuss their lactation accommodation needs with their appropriate administrator, both upon return to work and as needs change.


Employees who store breast milk in shared refrigerators shall place the milk in a personal cooler bag with their name on it. Employees may bring their own cooler bag. All breast milk should be removed from shared refrigerators by the end of each day.

Appropriate Administrators

Appropriate administrators shall meet with an employee who requests a lactation accommodation within five (5) Working Days of the employee’s request, to discuss the employee’s accommodation needs and respond to the employee’s accommodation request.

Appropriate administrators are encouraged to allow flexible scheduling, if possible, to accommodate lactation breaks.

Appropriate administrators shall keep a record of all employee lactation accommodation requests, including the employee’s name, steps taken to accommodate the employee, and the accommodation the appropriate administrator granted to the employee, for three (3) years.

Appropriate administrators shall consult with HR before denying an employee requested lactation space or break time to express milk.

Appropriate administrators shall not take any negative employment action against an employee who requests an accommodation.

Human Resources

HR shall maintain a list of designated lactation rooms on campus and ensure that the list is available to all employees online.

HR shall help employees access designated lactation rooms on campus upon request.


  • If you find the Space is not clean prior to use, please contact the Facilities Services at 415- 338-1568 / 415-405-0579 or email at
  • No other individuals are permitted in the space at any time unless space was scheduled.
  • Please remove your trash from the space.
  • Please ensure the door closes to secure the space before and after each use.
  • Please do not share the lock code with others.
  • The University is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in the space.
  • To conserve energy, please turn off the lights after each use.


Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation towards a lactating employee or any employee who requests an accommodation under this guide is prohibited and will be addressed in accordance with the procedures set forth in Executive Order 1095, 1096, and 1097 (or their successor orders).



Employees also have the right to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner for any violation of a right provided under California Labor Code Sections 1030-1034.



  1. J. Paul Leonard Library - LIB267
  2. Marcus Hall - T336
  3. Mashouf Wellness Center - MWC115
  4. Student Advising Center - ADM 229


Nursing mothers can register to use the Lactation Room by making a room request by clicking on the link below and entering their SF State Credentials:

Lactation Room Locations Map - Interactive map


Human Resources Leaves Programs - / HR Client Services Center



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