Wellness Rooms (Lactation Rooms)
King County provides private rooms for employees to rest and for new mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
Lactation rooms are:
- private (if the room has windows, drapes or blinds are provided),
- secure (lockable from the inside),
- accommodating (contain comfortable seating, a table, and power outlets), and
- reasonably close to the employee’s work area.
When possible, lactation rooms will also be near:
- a sink with hot water and soap for hand washing and cleaning of equipment; and
- a refrigerator for storage of expressed breast milk.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Lactation Room, contact the Employee Health and Well-being Program at 206-205-5017 or FocusOnEmployees@kingcounty.gov.
Wellness / Lactation Room locations
Lactation Rooms offer privacy to new mothers who wish to express milk, and should not be used for any other purpose. The following is a list of existing lactation rooms at King County work sites.
- Chinook Building, 8th floor Wellness Room – The room contains two private spaces designated for expressing breast milk as well as a small refrigerator and a sink for washing breast pump equipment.
To gain access to the Chinook Building Wellness/Lactation Room - access to the 8th floor of Chinook is restricted.
- Occasional Users: Please see Steven at the desk on the first floor of Chinook. He will escort you to the 8th floor where you will need to check in with Mike.
For regular/ongoing access to the room, please contact Mike Vu (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-263-9600 to arrange ongoing access to the 8th floor.
Mike will manage the list and update it monthly. Those approved will receive notification and clearance to access the 8th floor via the elevator with their badge. Once on the 8th floor they will need to be buzzed into the reception area and sign in. When they leave, they will be asked to sign out.
Once per month, Mike will send an email to this user group asking them if they still need access. If they respond affirmatively, they will continue to have badge access. If there is no response, or if they decline, they will be removed from the access list.
- King Street Center, 8th floor lactation room – The room contains a table, several chairs, a small refrigerator and a lockable door. A sink for washing hands and breast pump equipment and a microwave for sanitizing breast pump equipment are located immediately outside the lactation room. Employees must submit an application through the King Street Center Property Management Office on Level A of the building to receive an access code for the room.
If there is not a lactation room at your work site and you need a place at work to express milk, please contact Employee Health and Well-being Program at 206-205-5017 or FocusOnEmployees@kingcounty.gov for assistance.