Lactation/Quiet Room Use Guidelines

The Lactation/Quiet Room (L/QR) on the 5th floor of the Sánchez building is for nursing mothers and for others requiring rest for medical reasons related to a non-contagious condition. This L/QR is for use by students, faculty, and staff of The University of Texas at Austin. 

Employee Use of the Room During Work Hours

You need to obtain your supervisor’s approval to be away from your workstation during your usual work hours.  If you do not want to tell your supervisor that you are using the L/QR during work hours, you will need to take accrued leave time to do so. 

Room Use

  • The room can be utilized for a maximum of one hour at a time. Please do not use the room longer than necessary in order to make this available to as many people as possible. 
  • To access the key, go to the ITO Service Desk in SZB 537.
  • Access to the room is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If your need for the room conflicts with someone else, you will need to negotiate with that person about room use. We encourage open communication and flexibility so the room can be fairly utilized.

Room Hours

The room generally will be available when the ITO Service Desk is open, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Available hours may become limited when the ITO Service Desk is closed for University holiday breaks and Spring Break.

Room Resources

The room contains a chair, table space, refrigerator (as of February 6), electrical outlets, a door lock, and an Ameda Elite breast pump. Please note nursing mothers will need to bring their own compatible collection kits. ​Breastfeeding support, services, and supplies are a covered benefit for employees enrolled in the UT Select Medical Plan. The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliates are not responsible for lost or damaged items in regards to the use of the refrigerator.


There is a sink available in the northeast corridor of this suite, as well as bathrooms located at the southeast and northwest corners on this floor.

Room Cleaning

Please leave the room in clean condition and notify ITO Service Desk staff if additional cleaning is needed.

For further information about the campus-wide Lactation/Quiet Room project, please contact the Work/Life office in NOA 4.200, (512) 471-3366.