ANSWER: Employers are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time and a space to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mother, for up to one year following the birth of the employee’s child. The frequency of breaks needed to express breast milk as well as the duration of each break will likely vary. The space provided by the employer cannot be a bathroom, and it must be shielded from view and free from intrusion by coworkers or the public.
So you should legally be able to take an afternoon break to pump. The law does indicate that the pumping breaks do not have to be paid. I'm lucky that I have my own office so I can just strap on the hands-free bra and still work while I pump - would that be an option for you?
@wildrainbow little Batman Matthew looks adorable. I’m sure you are torn in two between the nicu and home and your reserves are dwindling with back and forward NICU dance but I just wanted to tell you what an awesome job you are doing. When I think back to your first update he has already come so far. hugs to all of you.
@aera11 that little outfit is so adorable. Such a happy girl!
@hottietoddy wonderful news about your milk stash. Best of luck as you start transitioning back to work I hope it all goes well for you. Lucy seems to love the sound of the hairdryer too it helps her fall asleep.
DW has her first friends night out since baby and got rear ended. She’s okay just bumps and bruises but it really freaked me out. The person just drove off. Fortunately another driver saw it and got the plate. They had seen the car swerving all over the road for miles so the person who hit her was probably under the influence. This lady stayed with her and got her calmed down, got her some water, talked to me, gave her info to the police. Turns out she only lives a few blocks from us so she even followed her home to make sure the car was drive-able. I feel like there was a real angel watching over my family last night and I’m just so thankful for good people in this world.