For Lactating Parents

Pregnant & Parenting

CSUDH is committed to providing support to faculty, staff, and students that are pregnant and parenting. The Office of Equity & Inclusion works closely with other offices, including the Student disAbility Resource Center, Human Resources Management, and Employee Benefits to serve our community of parenting Toros. 

Student Accommodations

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth and would like to request academic accommodations, please contact the Student disAbility Resource Center (SdRC) at (310) 243-3660. SdRC staff will guide you through a process to provide you with reasonable accommodations to ensure your continued success as a CSUDH student. The Office of Equity & Inclusion works closely with SdRC staff to ensure that CSUDH students are supported throughout their pregnancy and after giving birth.

If requested, SdRC staff will assist you in contacting your faculty to inform them that per the US Department of Education, CSUDH must accommodate the student the following ways

  • Excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary. 
  • When the student returns to school, [they] must be reinstated to the status [they] held when the leave began, which should include giving [them] the opportunity to make up any work missed. 
  • Offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, taking part in an online course credit recovery program, or allowing the student additional time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date, especially after longer periods of leave. The student should be allowed to choose how to make up the work. 
  • A teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a deadline that [they] missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits [they] missed so that [they] can be reinstated to the status [they] had before the leave.

Workplace Accommodations

For requests for reasonable accommodations for pregnant and parenting employees under Title IX, employees may call the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (310) 243-1025 or Human Resources Management at (310) 243-3771.

For information about employee benefits and leave policies, please review the information available on the Employee Benefits website or contact benefitservices@csudh.edu.


Lactation/Breastfeeding Information

All parenting Toros who need to either breastfeed or express milk for their child while on campus have access to several private, lockable lactation rooms on campus. Locations of these spaces are below. Please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (310) 243-1025 for assistance locating a lactation room or an appropriate flexible lactation space in close proximity to your classroom or office. Additionally, we are happy to provide you with a free, insulated CSUDH Lactation Resource bag - all you have to do is ask!

Lactation Stations at CSUDH

Unfortunately, our designated lactation stations are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic unless a special request is made. Please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion to make a request at (310) 243-1025.

  1. Mamava Pod in the Loker Student Union (located on the main floor, next to the meditation room)
    • Reservations required on the Mamava App and allowed for 30-minute blocks of time (download the free Mamava App on the Apple App Store or Google Play)
    • Gender-inclusive
    • ADA Compliant and wheelchair accessible
    • Made possible through a collaboration between the Loker Student Union and the CSUDH Office of Equity & Inclusion
  2. University Library, 3rd floor
    • Appointments preferred and allowed for 30-minute blocks of time (Make an appointment here)
    • Gender-inclusive
    • ADA Compliant and wheelchair accessible
  3. Nursing Department, Welch Hall C-300 
    • Gender-inclusive
    • Please inquire at the front desk about availability
  4. Nursing Skills Lab, Social and Behavioral Sciences A-11
    • Gender-inclusive
    • Please inquire at the front desk about availability
In addition to the designated locations, flexible lactation stations can be made available on an as-needed basis. These spaces should meet minimum requirements for lactation stations. They should be private, including a lockable door that is shielded from the view of co-workers, classmates, and the public with a message on the door that it is in use. They should also be sanitary, not in a bathroom or toilet stall, equipped with a chair and table, and supplied with electrical outlets. Parents must make their own arrangements for refrigeration, including sealed containers and proper storage. To ensure compliance with the requirements of lactation stations under our policies, call the Office of Equity & Inclusion at (310) 243-1025 to schedule an appointment to assess your flexible space.  

Adequate Break Time to Breastfeed/Pump

Adequate break time for breastfeeding or lactating university employees will be provided and should accommodate the time to walk to and from the lactation station as well as retrieve, set up, wash, and clean a pump or other supplies for breastfeeding, expressing or storing milk, consistent with California State University Technical Letter HR/Salary 2011-05 [PDF] and federal guidelines. Requests should be made to managers for adequate break time.



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