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Nursing Mothers Program

At the NIH, we care about the health and wellbeing of our employees. We know that returning to work after having a baby can be difficult, especially for women who choose to breastfeed. We want to provide the worksite assistance needed for you and your baby to remain happy and healthy. The Nursing Mothers Program provides services for future and current nursing mothers that have concerns about breastfeeding. The program provides the emotional support and worksite assistance nursing mothers need to make the return to work less stressful.

Select one of the links below for more information:

Program Services

The Nursing Mothers Program provides:

  • Prenatal breastfeeding education classes entitled "Breastfeeding and Return to Work" and "How to Get Started with Breastfeeding?" which are taught on the NIH campus. The ideal time to attend the class is during the third trimester of your pregnancy. Read more about our classes and schedule.

  • Telephone support with our lactation consultants while on maternity leave who provide advice and problem-solving during the critical first weeks that you're home with your baby.
  • Return to work consultation concerning how to maintain lactation and other issues related to making the transition back to work. Approximately two weeks prior to returning to work you will receive a private consultation with a Lactation Consultant to discuss how to collect and store your milk and other issues related to the transition back to work.

You must be enrolled in the Nursing Mothers Program in order to take advantage of these services. Send an email with a NIH Nursing Mothers Program Registration Form (PDF) to our Lactation Consultant, external link Jane Balkam. There is no charge for any of these services, although you will have to purchase a kit to connect to a lactation room breast pump. Visitors can also use an onsite lactation room. Please complete and submit the Visitors Nursing Mothers Room Request Form (PDF) to our Program Assistant, Lisa Simon as soon as possible so that we may accommodate you.

This program is a permanent part of the Office of Research Services Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, Child and Family Programs, (301) 827-3250.

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The Nursing Mothers Program services are available free of charge. You need to fill out the registration form and email the form to the Nursing Mothers Program in order to take advantage of the consultations, classes, and lactation rooms. If you have any questions about the program, you can contact a Lactation Consultant.

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Lactation Room Locations

Image of lactation roomA lactation room may be used by NIH employees, contractors and visitors. You must register with the Nursing Mothers Program to use the room on an ongoing basis. Contact the Lactation Consultants to schedule a time to use a lactation room during the workday to minimize the disruption of your daily work routine. Please read the Lactation Room Guidelines before using a room. It is necessary to register for the Nursing Mothers Program to use a lactation room. Most of the lactation rooms are equipped with Medela Symphony breast pumps. Use of the breast pumps is free, however you need to purchase a kit.


On Campus Lactation Rooms*

Lactation rooms are available at the following locations:
  • Building 1, Room B2E-39 (2 Stations)
  • Building 4, Room 439
  • Building 10, Room 2N234B-13N234B
  • Building 10/CRC, Room 3-4681 (2 Stations)
  • Building 29B, Room 1E11 (2 Stations)
  • Building 31, Room B2B39 (2 Stations)
  • Building 30, Room 206
  • Building 33, Room BN15
  • Building 35, Porter NRC, Room 1D901, 2D901 and 3D90 
  • Building 37, Room 2026A, Room 3026A, Room 4026A, Room 5026A, Room 6062A
  • Building 38 (Being Renovated)
  • Building 45, Room 6AN.16 (2 Stations)
  • Building 49, Room 1A63 (2 Stations)
  • Building 50, Room B215 (2 Stations)
  • Building T 40, Room 102 (2 Stations)
  • Building T 44, Room 105D (no pump in room at present)

Off-Site Lactation Rooms*

Lactation rooms are available at the following locations:

  • Bayview Research Center, Room 1A002
  • Bayview Research Center, Room 3C013A
  • Frederick Campus - Building 426, Room 123
  • Frederick Campus - Building 459, Room 118
  • Frederick Campus - Building 535, Room 105
  • Frederick Campus - Building 538, Room 136
  • Frederick Campus - Building 560, Room 12-92A
  • Frederick Campus - VCMP Building, Room 331A
  • Frederick Campus - 8200 Research Plaza, Room 1A127 (2 Stations)
  • Frederick Campus - ATRF Building, Room E2707 and E3705
  • Frederick Campus - NCI Building 549, Room 26 (2 Stations)
  • Democracy II, Room 105M (2 Stations)
  • Rockledge I, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 520-D (2 Stations)
  • Rockledge II, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 200-D (2 Stations)
  • 5625 Fisher's Lane, Room 1N17 (2 Stations)
  • 5601 Fisher's Lane, Rooms 2A7 and 6A7
  • 6001 Executive Boulevard Room 1281A and 1281B
  • 6700B Rockledge Drive, Rooms 1150N and 1153N
  • 6710B Rockledge Drive, Room 3320
  • 6555 Rock Spring Drive, Room 3E06
  • 9800 Medical Center Drive, Building B, Room 380
  • Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Building 3, Room 3315 
  • 3 White Flint North, Room 03A01
* You must register with the Nursing Mothers Program prior to using a lactation room.

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Lactation Room Guidelines

  1. The lactation room may be used by NIH employees, contractors and visitors. You must register with the Nursing Mothers Program to use the room regularly. There is no fee for using a lactation room. To use a lactation room, please complete the NIH Nursing Mothers Program Registration Form (PDF).  Visitors can also use a lactation room. Please complete and submit the Visitors Nursing Mothers Room Request Form (PDF) as soon as possible so that we may accommodate you.
  2. Once you have registered and are returning to work, you will be added to the Nursing Mothers Program Group Calendar to select the day and time slot for lactation room use according to your preference and the available time slots. (Please note that you need an NIH email account to schedule yourself).
  3. We ask that you please use ear buds if listening to music or videos on your cell phone, and try to make your phone voice soft while on the phone and using a lactation room.
  4. We ask that you please remember to be cordial and respectful of each other when using a lactation room. If you stay over your time limit you cut into another person’s time slot.
  5. It is your responsibility to clean up any spills of breast milk you make and toss any trash you have while using a lactation room. Please take any food trash with you and discard it outside of a lactation room. Cleaning solution is provided in each of the lactation rooms. Please notify the Lactation Consultants or the Lactation Program Assistant if a room is out of cleaning solution.
  6. The Lactation Consultants or the Lactation Program Assistant reserve the right to remove from the schedule anyone who has left the program or has not returned two consecutive messages ( via telephone or email) requesting an update regarding lactation room use.  
  7. If you are not using a reserved time slot(s) on a specific day, it is your responsibility to keep the lactation room schedule current by cancelling your reserved time slot, thereby allowing the room to become available to others. Changes to the calendar will show up immediately so that others can choose the opened time slot(s).
  8. Once a time slot(s) has been reserved, you will receive an email confirmation with the date, time, and location as a reminder of your reservation. You may add your reserved time slot(s) to your own personal calendar by clicking on the calendar option.

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Prenatal Breastfeeding Education Classes 

Free prenatal breastfeeding education classes are open to all women working at NIH who have registered for the Nursing Mothers Program. The classes are designed to complement the classes offered by your hospital or childbirth educator. The series consists of two classes: "Breastfeeding and Return to Work" and "How to Get Started with Breastfeeding?" The classes are offered at the locations, dates and times listed below.

Breastfeeding and Return to Work

In this class we discuss: 
  • Resources available at the NIH and in the community to help you be successful with breastfeeding
  • How to choose the right breast pump to meet your needs
  • General information about how to continue to breastfeed once you return to work; and
  • How to contact a board certified lactation consultant for questions.

How to Get Started with Breastfeeding?

In this class we discuss:

  • How the body makes breast milk
  • Basic techniques to successfully breastfeed
  • Why you should avoid artificial nipples in the early weeks; and
  • How to prevent and/or manage some of the common problems women face in the early weeks of breastfeeding

2024 Class Schedule

All classes are conducted virtually via WebEx or Teams. Please indicate in the comments section of your registration form (PDF) the class and date you would like to attend.  Upon receipt of your registration form, details will be emailed to you with a meeting invitation.  If you have any questions please contact the Nursing Mothers Program Lactation consultants at (301) 435-7850 or email Jane Balkam at
"Breastfeeding and Return to Work""How to Get Started with Breastfeeding?"
January 22: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
January 29: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
March 18​: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
March 25: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM​
May 13: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
May 20​: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
July 8: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
July 15: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM​
​September 9: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
September 16: ​12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
​November 4: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
November 18: ​12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Lactation Consultants

Jane J. Balkam, PhD, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC, a local Board Certified Lactation Consultant who specializes in worksite lactation programs, administers the lactation services. Dr. Balkam is a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified Lactation Consultant who has been managing worksite lactation programs in the Washington, DC area for over 14 years. In 2006, she received her PhD with a focus on Maternal-Child Health/Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. She can be reached at (301) 435-7850 or email at external link

Eileen Mood, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and international board certified Lactation Consultant who has joined the Nursing Mothers Program staff.  She has over 15 years of experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner and 6 years of experience as a Lactation Consultant. She can be reached at 301 435-7850 or

Lisa J. Simon, is the Nursing Mothers Program Assistant. She provides support to the Nursing Mothers Program. She can be reached at (301) 435-7850 or email external link at

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