May 2013 Moms

Pumping at work: XP WM and BF Boards

So I go back to work in 6 more weeks. I am really bummed about it, because I have been successfully breastfeeding, when I wasn't able to with my first, and I'm afraid going back to work is going to completely mess that up. I share an office with 2 other women, so I don't think I'll be able to pump in there and I'm not even sure it's appropriate for me to ask them if that's ok. We have a conference room, but I'll only be able to use that when it's not otherwise in use. So what are my options? There is no way I'm going to pump in the bathroom, I think that's so gross. Does anyone pump in their car? I park in a structure, so it's a 5 minute walk there and back, but I honestly can't think of another option if I can't get into the conference room. There are also no empty offices, in case anyone was going to offer that as an option.

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Re: Pumping at work: XP WM and BF Boards

  • Your company is legally required to provide a place for you to pump
  • They need to provide a private space with a locking door so that your privacy is maintained. They cannot tell you to pump in the restroom even if you were ok with it. If you are ok with pumping in your car, I know plenty of women who do, but know that they need to provide the space and not ask you to go elsewhere.
  • Unfortunately, because my company has less than 50 employees, they are not legally required to do anything :(

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  • Even if your company isn't legally required - have you asked them if there is any solution they can offer? Maybe there is something you haven't thought of? I don't know how the office that you share is set up - one of my co-workers set up one of those standing screens so that she can have privacy (but she has her own office - we just have glass walls around everything!) - but maybe something like that could work. 

    Also, I do have the car adapter for my pump (the Medela PISA). Totally possible to pump in your car if that's what you'd prefer or if it's your only option. I use mine during longer car trips, but it is obviously much easier if you're just sitting in the car and not moving ;) 

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  • image MrsM1111:
    They need to provide a private space with a locking door so that your privacy is maintained. They cannot tell you to pump in the restroom even if you were ok with it. If you are ok with pumping in your car, I know plenty of women who do, but know that they need to provide the space and not ask you to go elsewhere.


    This for sure.
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  • I would pump in the office personally. The screen is a great idea! Otherwise I would just pump hands free with a cover. Gotta do what you hAve to do!

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