Page updated 19 September 2022
Employees are entitled to take paid breastfeeding/lactating breaks for two years (104 weeks) after the period of confinement, which is an increase from the current 6-month entitlement. This supports employees who are breastfeeding while returning to the workplace.
This page contains a brief summary of the UCD Breastfeeding policy, however, in all cases the Policy itself remains the definitive source of information. Read the full policy now in the Governance Library.
The normal practice for breastfeeding on the return to work is to use the break to express milk in one of the breastfeeding facilities in UCD. If an employee chooses to breastfeed their child directly during these breaks, the child must be on campus only for the duration of the breastfeeding break.
This break can be constructed in a manner that is agreed between the employee and manager.
For example, this may comprise of:
- 1 x 60 minute period
- 2 x 30 minute periods
- 3 x 20 minute periods
It should be noted that breastfeeding breaks are to be taken in addition to meal breaks and breaks cannot be accumulated.
Employees should inform their manager in writing of their request for reduced hours for breastfeeding four weeks before their return from maternity leave.
Breastfeeding Facilities in UCD
Supporting Employees who are Breastfeeding
UCD is committed to providing a supportive, family friendly environment for all our employees and has a range of family friendly policies in place. A family friendly environment includes a culture that supports and raises awareness of breastfeeding and the provision of breastfeeding/lactation facilities aligned to good practice for our employees who are currently breastfeeding. It is important to UCD that employees who are breastfeeding can return to work and are supported during this period.
Employees who are breastfeeding are entitled to take paid breastfeeding/lactating breaks for two years (104 weeks) after the period of confinement, which is an increase from the current 6-month entitlement. This supports employees who are breastfeeding while returning to the workplace. Employees and managers can find full details in the policy and the location of facilities below. You can view the UCD Policy for Supporting Employees who are Breastfeeding here.
Breastfeeding Facilities available in UCD to Employees and Students:
These facilities are currently being reviewed and additional rooms will be made available in the coming months following the new policy.
Below is a summary of the breastfeeding facilities available in UCD, please refer to 'Room Type' when using the Estates Services Map to locate these rooms:
|O'Brien Centre for Science||Room E 0.12 (beside Moore Auditorium)||Access on request - granted by Welcome Centre||Science Welcome Centre, ext. 2845|
|Tierney Building||Ground floor (beside ladies' toilet)||Open access (through 'Staff Only' double doors)||n/a|
|Health Sciences Centre||Room B3.23||Open access||n/a|
|Smurfit School of Business (Blackrock)||Room E118, Gound floor||Open access||n/a|
|Conway Building||Second floor||Access control rights required||6700|
|Newman Building||Room B001||Open access||n/a|
National Breastfeeding Supports
- HSE Breastfeeding Advice and Services: Link
- HSE Breastfeeding Factsheet Link
- Cuidiu - Irish Childbirth Trust: Link
- La Leche League in Ireland: Link
- Friends of Breastfeeding: Link
- The Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland: Link
- START: Link
- Further supports on national breastfeeding websites via the HSE: Link