Lactation Rooms on the Capitol Complex

There are ten lactation rooms available for use on the Capitol Complex. Each room is equipped with a chair, sink (except Workforce Development), and a surface for equipment and educational materials.

The rooms are located at:

  • Capitol
  • Grimes
  • Hoover (2 rooms)
  • Lucas (2 rooms)
  • Public Safety
  • Wallace (2 rooms)
  • Workforce Development

What is a lactation room?

A lactation room provides a private place where employees may nurse babies or pump breast milk to take home for later use.

Why have lactation rooms?

Lactation rooms provide support for women who choose to continue breastfeeding when they return to work.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

For Mom

  • Fewer missed days of work as breastfed babies are healthier
  • Lowers a mother's risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breast cancer
  • Saves money in the family budget

For Baby

  • Lowers a baby's risk for asthma, obesity, and type 1 diabetes
  • Reduced incidences of ear, gastrointestinal, and respiratory infections
  • Fewer allergies
  • Protects against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

For the Department

  • Less time off used by breastfeeding employees since their babies will be healthier
  • Less staff turnover; a working mother who can successfully continue to breastfeed will be happier with her job
  • Saves health care dollars as breastfeed babies have fewer doctor visits and are admitted to the hospital less often



If you are a nursing mother with questions about lactation, contact the WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Nicole Newman, RD, LD, CLC 

Contacts for the Grimes, Hoover, Lucas and Wallace Buildings

To schedule a lactation room in the Grimes, Hoover, Lucas, or Wallace Buildings, contact DAS-HRE.

Phone: 515-281-5889
Alternate Email:

Contact for the Capitol

Meghan Nelson

Contact for Department of Public Safety Building


Contact for Ola Babcock Miller


*Badge access required. Please confirm access when reserving.

Contact for Iowa Workforce Development