I pump at work. I work in a main office and my coworker has a private office. It's the "department" office that she works out of, to be exact. Well, I pump in her office at the same time nearly every day. This morning, she was on the phone so I couldnt' call to remind her...after 30 minutes I went to her office and said, "hey..I waited as long as I could, but I have to pump." She says, "oh, okay..come on in". She's on a personal phone call. I get my stuff ready and sit quitely. She tells me, "go ahead"...and motions that I turn around!!! WTF!
I reply with, "Oh, I can't...I'm way too shy." She looks shocked- and to avoid an argument or anything, I just go into how shy i am and that I am mortified even nursing in front of people, etc. She says that the girl who used to work here would sometimes just turn around if she was too busy to leave. Well, I'm NOT her, and she was not 'too busy". I said, "i"m sorry, I just can't do that...my face is probably turning red with me just talking about this, haha" (trying to keep it light).
She is leaving, but says, 'there may be some times when I can't leave because there's too much going on". I told her if that were ever the case I would pump in my car or something, because I can't do it in front of people."
Now, I know what I should do- call HR, talk to my boss, or kick her in her face. However, I'm highly dependent upon my job- my dh doesn't work and is a student- who gets free education because of my position. I can't cause any drama, and even though I am 100% entitled to a "private place that is not a bathroom" to pump, if I pull that card, this coworker will make it a HORRIBLE place for me to work. And she's been here for ever. She's not going anywhere. My boss is also a peacemaker and would not fire her or anything over this. It woudl just be awkward and uncomfortable for me every.single.day. So, basically, I just have to suck it up and deal.