Maternity Leave & Lactation

New parents and parents who continue breastfeeding when returning to work, need the support of their team. Supervisors and managers can support their employees by being informed on UC Davis policies on accommodations.

Upon notification by an employee of pregnancy, managers and supervisors are responsible for providing and discussing leave and lactation policies and options. Departments are responsible for identifying appropriate facilities in advance of the employee's return to work.

Leave/Time Off options:

Please visit the Parental Leave/Maternity Benefits page for more complete information on parental leave.

Lactation Accommodations:

Read the Guidelines for Lactation Accommodation which summarizes UC Davis and UC Davis Medical Center policies and guidelines for employees and supervisors.

The standard time for usage of a lactation break is about 15-20 minutes to pump, a few minutes to set-up and pack-up and time to walk to the site which should not be more than a 5-10 minute walk.  This break may be needed up to three times in an 8 hour day.

Managers and supervisors can access a general list of buildings with lactation rooms to determine if an employee has a lactation space nearby. Room users should have a contingency plan in place for non-business hours and/or circumstances beyond University control that restrict access to sites. Only registered participants have room numbers and access codes to the rooms for health, safety and legal reasons.