The Center for Women has long served as a source of information and support for nursing mothers. The CWE was pivotal in the creation of Emory’s Lactation Support Policy, adopted in 2007.  We also led the effort to revise the policy in 2013 to reflect new federal regulation concerning the right of nursing mothers to have time, as well as a private space, to express breast milk while at work.  

The Nursing Nest

The Nursing Nest is a lactation room at the Center for Women where nursing mothers can breastfeed comfortably or pump their breasts. Space has both Medela and Ameda breast pumps; mothers must provide their own kits. Visit us or email for information about using our space. Expectant mothers are encouraged to stop by to take a load off their feet, explore a future resource, and look through our magazines, books, and other information related to parenting.

The Nursing Nest and other lactation rooms on campus provide a vital resource to mothers who work, are in school or are visiting Emory.

Emory Lactation Rooms

All Emory supervisors are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time for nursing mothers to express milk as frequently as needed. They must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public. This space can be a lactation room, or any private space, depending on what is most convenient for mothers and their supervisors. Emory provides a number of lactation rooms on campus; please note that some rooms may also be used for other physical/medical needs, such as insulin shots for diabetics. Below is a list of rooms. For questions or complaints about a particular lactation room, contact the manager of that room.

1599 Clifton Road, 1st Floor, Room 1338
Contact Emory WorkLife Resource Center, 404-727-8000 or

Advancement and Alumni Engagement
Contact Amanda Penn Watson, 404-727-1656 or

The Carter Center
Contact Sabrina Callahan, 404-420-5120

Center for Ethics/Rita Anne Rollins Building, RARB 119
Contact Sara McKlin,

Emory Student Center, Room N332
Contact Tia Williams, 404-727-2035 or

Goizueta Business School, Room 426 West Wing 
Contact Cynetta Freeman, 404-727-2505

Miller-Ward Alumni House
Contact Amber Herring 404-727-7052

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Plaza Level, Student Locker Area
Contact Adam Malm 404-712-9224

O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, Room GL6D
Contact Natalie Fields p. 404-727-3105 I  e.

School of Law, Gambrell Hall, third floor, G309
Contact 404-727-6856

School of Medicine, Medical Education Building, Room P180*

Robert W. Woodruff Library, Room 485
Contact Marc Hardison 404-727-6836

Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Neuroscience Building (requires key card access)
Contact Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709

*Hospital-quality breastfeeding pump available; must have accessories.

+This lactation room is located in a restroom; Emory is working on an alternative location. Note that supervisors cannot require mothers to use a restroom for lactation; mothers may request a private space that is not a restroom.

Lactation Support

The Emory Breastfeeding Education Project is a six-month project led by the Center for Women and funded in part by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women's Health. 

Purpose: Increase knowledge of Emory’s Lactation Support Program (policy and resources) in order to encourage breastfeeding and support a more women-and-family-friendly work environment at Emory, and provide education about breastfeeding for mothers at Emory and in the community.


1. Emory managers will know and comply with Emory’s lactation policy. 

2. Emory employees and students will know the benefits of breastfeeding, Emory’s lactation policy, and Emory’s lactation resources.

3. The Center for Women will provide free training for expecting mothers in the Atlanta-Metro area and increase participants’ knowledge of breastfeeding basics, benefits, and resources.


1. Emory managers attending lactation support program presentations will increase their knowledge of Emory’s lactation policy and breastfeeding resources.

2. Emory employees and students in targeted populations will demonstrate increased knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding, Emory’s lactation policy, and Emory’s breastfeeding resources.

3. Participants in Center for Women breastfeeding workshops will demonstrate increased knowledge of breastfeeding basics, benefits, and resources.

The project has four components:

1. A brochure that covers policy, benefits of breastfeeding, and resources.

2. Manager meeting presentations in which the director of CWE presents information to targeted areas of the university, outlining Emory’s lactation policy and the responsibility of managers to accommodate breastfeeding employees.

3. Lactation rooms map – a web-accessible map that will mothers the closest lactation room to their location.

4. Breastfeeding Workshops available to Emory and Atlanta community members free of charge.

This project is part of a larger Center for Women initiative to revise Emory’s lactation policy in light of the 2010 change to the Fair Labor Standards Act and to improve knowledge of and access to Emory’s lactation spaces. Read the revised policy here.

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