Montana State University supports the practice of breastfeeding, accommodates breastfeeding needs of employees and students, and provides facilities for breastfeeding or the expression of milk. For procedural information, consult MSU’s Policies and Procedures manual.

Quick information on Breastfeeding
  • MSU Breastfeeding Policy
  • The Montana State University follows and supports the guidelines established under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires employers to provide: “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”
  • ”Employers are not required under the FLSA to compensate nursing mothers for breaks taken for the purpose of expressing milk. However, where employers already provide compensated breaks, an employee who uses that break time to express milk must be compensated in the same way that other employees are compensated for break time.”
  • For further clarification, please review the Break Time for Nursing Mothers FAQs or contact your HR Business Partners.
Family Care Rooms at MSU

The Family Care Rooms are a dedicated space for breastfeeding or pumping women on campus, and often includes a sink, comfy chair, changing table, resource information, microwave, and a growing library on parenting topics. These rooms provide a family friendly environment for lactation needs, infant feeding, diaper changing and lounge for soothing and are available for use by faculty, staff and students.

Family Care Rooms are located in:

  • Hamilton Hall 123 - There is a sign-up sheet in this room. 
  • Jabs Hall 440
  • 3rd Floor Leon Johnson Hall
  • 1st Floor SUB (right across from the Bookstore)
  • Reid Hall 316
  • Barnard 386
  • 2nd Floor Asbjornson Hall 
  • 1st Floor Nopper Building (HR)
  • 1st Floor American Indian Hall

Using the international symbol for breastfeeding is one way for nursing mothers on campus to communicate to those around them the need for privacy while nursing or expressing milk.

Parking spaces nearby are reserved for those utilizing campus family care rooms. Please contact the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer for more information about getting a “stork pass” to use those parking spaces.”

family care rooms


Additional Lactation Resources