Lactation Resources

UC Irvine offers breastfeeding and lactation support and resources to employees.

Lactation rooms

UC Irvine Health has Medela hospital-grade pumps for staff members to use while they pump at work. Employees are responsible for purchasing their own Medela double electric breast pump kit.

There are several lactation rooms throughout the medical center for your convenience:

  • Douglas Hospital, room 4004 and room 6004
    Keys are available from the atrium main lobby information desk on the first floor. After 9:30 p.m., a key can be obtained from the security desk.
  • Douglas Hospital, NICU room 4435
    This pump room is for perinatal employees only. The key can be obtained in the NICU, L/D or DH46 units.
  • Chao Family Cancer Center pump room
    This room is located inside the changing room. The pump room is for OSS/GI employees only.
  • 200 Manchester Building, 8th floor, suite 837
    The keys are available from Human Resources in suite 800.


Medical plan resources: UC medical plans provide a variety of breastfeeding support resources including nurse lines, counselors and online programs to help you if you have questions about breastfeeding. If you are covered by a UC medical plan, breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling may be available at no cost. For details, contact your plan ›

Breastfeeding classes: Offered at no cost to staff. View the breastfeeding class schedule ›

Guidance Resources Employee Assistance Program: Call 844-UCI-EAP3 or visit guidanceresources.com (company ID: UCIEAP3) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lactation consultant: Our lactation consultant is Patty Carlton, who can be reached at 714-456-3920 or pcarlton@uci.edu.

Office on Women's Health: This office can be reached at 800-994-9662 or by going to womenshealth.gov.

Your rights: If you have questions about your rights, read the UC policy on accommodations for nursing mothers ›