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Breastfeeding Support FAQs

Where are the Mother's Room located on campus, and am I eligible to use one of the Mother's Rooms?

The list of Mother's Rooms indicates room locations and available equipment. Some of the rooms are reserved for employees who work in the building, so email or call the Mother’s Room contact person to find out if you are eligible to use a specific location.


When are the Mother's Rooms open? Who can I contact if I have trouble getting into the room?

Each Mother’s Room has different hours, access procedures, and amenities. Please register for the Breastfeeding Support Program to get an automated email with comprehensive information on the room(s) you plan to use.


When should I register for the Breastfeeding Support Program?

We recommend that you register at least 2 weeks before returning from maternity leave. Some moms register several months before they need to use the room and that is okay too. We don’t recommend waiting until the day you return from maternity leave because some rooms require that your ID is activated, which can take a few days.



Do the Mother's Rooms have a refrigerator where I can store my milk?

Some of the rooms have a refrigerator where you may store your milk until the end of the day. 

According to the CDC, you may store your milk in a cooler bag with an ice pack for up to 24 hours.


What is a hospital-grade breast pump?

A hospital-grade breast pump is the strongest and most durable breast pump available to breastfeeding moms. This pump effectively stimulates your breasts to adequately raise your levels of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin which increase your breast milk production and output.

A hospital-grade pump has a stronger, more powerful motor that provides a higher level of suction and more efficient pumping.  While a personal-use breast pump is intended for use by only one mother, a hospital-grade pump is designed and approved by the FDA to be safe for multiple users. A hospital-grade breast pump can be used by more than one mom because it is designed with barriers that prevent cross contamination. When multiple moms use a hospital grade breast pump, each mother needs to use her own accessory kit.

If you would like to use one of the hospital-grade pumps, please register for the Breastfeeding Support Program to receive information about the brand(s) of pump(s) provided in the Mother’s Room(s) you will use. The following groups are eligible for a free accessory kit for a hospital-grade pump supplied by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement:

  • Full-time post-docs, residents, and doctoral students who are fully funded by a wage or stipend and earn less than $40,000 annually
  • Benefits-eligible employees earning less than $40,000 annually


Where do I purchase an accessory kit to use with a hospital-grade breast pump?

Breast pump kits from Ameda and Medela have the accessories you need for the hospital-grade pumps available in the Mother's Rooms.


Where do I rent a hospital-grade pump?

The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition has a webpage where you can search for retailers who rent Ameda or Medela hospital-grade breast pumps.


Who should I call if I am having difficulty expressing milk?

Warm lines are one resource for specific breastfeeding questions. You should also contact your pediatrician or a lactation consultant through the International Lactation Consultant Association.


Why do I need to register with the Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support Program?

Registering with the program provides us with your contact information so that we can email you about program updates and new resources. Registering also helps us document the needs for additional Mother's Rooms, hospital-grade pumps, and support services. Individual names will never be released as part of our reporting.


If you have additional questions, please email or call 410-516-2000.

Updated 10/30/2018