I have no idea what I'm going to do about pumping at work…

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I would call HR, I think they HAVE to provide you with a place to pump, as far as I understand. 

Post # 4
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I believe by law they have to provide you a place to pump.  If everything else fails, just do it in one of the changing rooms.  Even if the person monitoring it can see, you can position yourself with your back facing the mirrors.

Post # 5
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Check with your supervisor and/or HR.  If the company has over 50 employees, they are required by federal law to provide a space “free from intrusion” to let you pump.

Also, they do sell car adapters and I can’t tell you how many times I pumped in the car.  It is a valid option, especially if your commute is more than 20-30 minutes.

Post # 6
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I’m not sure what kind of pump you have… but I have heard of the car charger adapters for some pumps. It might be worth looking into! 

Here is an example: 


Other than that, what about the bathroom? Or you could ask your boss where there are not cameras so you can pump. Good luck! I hope you find a solution. 

Post # 8
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Definitely talk to HR!  The rules have changed and they most likely have to provide a non-restroom space.  Good luck!

Post # 11
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mermaid1082:  Why do you say that? My leave is 16 weeks at best in France:( I grew up imagining 1 year…

Post # 12
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

FrenchNewlyWed:  I thought French citizens got at least 6 month! although truthfully, I went back to work yesterday after 12 weeks and even 16 sound amazing.

Post # 13
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FrenchNewlyWed:  16 would be amazing to someone from the US! And if I’m not mistaken, that is 16 Paid weeks!


In the US, you have 12 weeks of job protected leave (but only if you were with your company for at least 12 months first, otherwise they can fire you) and there is zero mandatory maternity pay. A few companies here and there may have maternity pay, but most women have to take leave without pay

Post # 14
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have the same issue. By law they are supposed to give you a place and time…my employer is sure taking their time! I’ve been back 3 weeks and they keep telling me i woll be able to use a all conference room but they haven’t ordered curtains for the window yet. 🙁   ready to just cover it with paper and make a sign myself. 

I pump in the car on my way to work then on my lunch and on the way home. Not ideal! I have a car charger for my madela pump. 

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