Breastfeeding Friendly Spaces at UBC

breastfeeding friendly spaces logoThere are many places on campus where you can find a quiet space to breastfeed your child. Some of these spaces are also suitable for anyone seeking to tend to a child’s needs. This page outlines some designated breastfeeding-friendly spaces at UBC’s Vancouver campus that offer:

  • a quiet, clean and sanitary space identified by common signage,
  • comfortable seating, electrical outlets and change table in room or a nearby washroom, and
  • sanitization and educational information for families

The degree of privacy in designated spaces varies from private to semi-private. Signage outside of these spaces clearly indicates if the space is private or semi-private.

Most private spaces are open to anyone attending to a child’s needs, but some of the semi-private spaces are restricted to women only due to the nature of the space (e.g. a women’s-only lounge or access through a women’s washroom). Those spaces that are not for women only are also available for fathers to have a quiet space to feed their children.

Private spaces

Private breastfeeding-friendly spaces are clean, sanitary and quiet single-user rooms, with a chair, outlet and garbage can available. While the rooms provide a high degree of privacy, they can be a multipurpose room, such as an infrequently used meeting room. There is a change table installed in these spaces or in a nearby washroom.

Semi-private spaces (women only)

Semi-private breastfeeding-friendly spaces are clean, sanitary and quiet rooms that are only available to women. While the rooms provide a reasonable degree of privacy, they are spaces are often shared by other women (such as a women’s-only lounge) and are not available as a single-user space.

Designated breastfeeding-friendly Spaces at UBC Vancouver

Forest Sciences Centre (Private)

2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z4 – first floor first aid room [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • The room is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The space is accessed by key, which can be picked up from the Faculty of Forestry Reception Desk, second floor, South West corner above Tim Hortons.

International House (Semi-Private)

1783 West Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z2 – First floor, adjoining the women’s washroom [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • The room is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The space is accessed through the women’s washroom and is therefore only available to women.

Koerner Pavillion-UBC Hospital (Private)

Rm T234-2211 Wesbrook Mall, V6T1Z3-Third floor, down the hall from the main office of the School of Nursing [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • The room is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • A change table is not available at this space but there is a change table in the nearby women’s washroom.
  • No key is required for this room; however, an occupied sign on the door indicates if it is currently in use and unavailable.

Library Processing Centre (Private)

185A-2206 East Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z1 – first floor adjoining the women’s washroom [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • The room is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The space is accessed through the women’s washroom and is therefore only available to women.

Leonard S. Klinck (Semi-Private)

422A- 6356 Agriculture Road, Vancouver, V6T 1Z2- fourth floor adjoining the women’s washroom. [view map]

Availability and Restrictions:

  • The room is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • The space is accessed through the women’s washroom and is therefore only available to women.

Walter Koerner Library (Semi-Private)

118-1958 Main Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z2 – on level 1, adjoining the women’s washroom (on the north side of the building). [view map]

  • The room is available during the Library’s operational hours, which change throughout the year.
  • The space is accessed through the women’s washroom and is therefore only available to women.