Post # 1
The breast feeding in public thread got me thinking about how lucky I am to work where I work concerning breast feeding/pumping. I work at a daycare, and the breast feeding teachers can go in the infant room where there are recliners and breast feed their children. We’re all females and all very friendly so don’t mind seeing each other feed. The infant room is actually my room and we’re usually on break only one at a time so it’s not like a gaggle of people are there watching you. We also have a comfortable couch in the back room with a door that locks if you’d like more privacy to feed/pump. We also accomadate more breaks during the day for the mother to feed/pump on her schedule. Since I’m in the infant room, I’ll be able to feed my baby whenever s/he needs and I feel incredibly blessed to do so!
One of my parents told me pumping was very difficult at her job because she had to do it in a storage closet :/
So what about you Bees? Will breast feeding/pumping be easy to accomplish or a total pain in the ass at your workplace?
Post # 3
My office has a “Mother’s Room” with a door that locks, a sofa, a small fridge… everything you’d need to pump in private. BUT… because usually there’s not a breastfeeding woman in the office, the male employees tend to use it for naps.
I’m not sure what would happen if/when a female employee starts breastfeeding. I’d hope the guys would all just stop going in there automatically, but it’s possible it would end up being a kick-the-napping-guy-out-to-pump scenario.
Post # 4
@bluebonnet: Haha! I could see that ending up being an awkward situation.
Post # 5
@sunshine_kar: My current job (at a popular retail women’s clothing chain) is amazing about this. They support breast feeding and pumping and require that we have an employee lounge to do this in (versus a grungy bathroom) and my manager used to have her husband (who was a SAHD) bring the baby to her when it was time for a feeding, and she fed him in the lounge!
Post # 6
I think it depends on the state, but California requires a comfortable, safe, non-bathroom place to pump and enough time to do it. I work for a large county agency, they are amazing about time and space to pump!
Post # 7
i’m not a mom yet, but i did look around because i plan on breastfeeding when it happens.
and no…. i work at a gas station and there are cameras everywhere except in the bathrooms.
MN state law says:
The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express her milk in privacy. The employer would be held harmless if reasonable effort has been made.
Post # 8
I only had one job that has a specific area for it and the door was locked. If you were a mother I believe you received a key from HR. All of my other employers stated they would provide a place but it probably would be a storage closet or an unused office.
Post # 9
I don’t have a baby, but it doesn’t seem to be very feed/pump-friendly from what I can see. It’s an Elementary school though… I think teachers who need to pump go to the nurse’s office or something.
Post # 10
I’m a teacher, and very lucky that I’ll get a 1-year maternity leave, because we have nowhere to pump in my school. The 2 staff washrooms are single-units, so we can’t be tying them up for 20 min between classes when every other teacher needs them, and the staff room is way too public, and occasionally students are invited in for different things.
Post # 11
My job is very breastfeeding friendly as well. They offer a special area in health services where moms can go to pump in private. They also have a medela pump available for you to use if you provide your own attachments for it. I don’t plan to use their pump and will likely bring my own so I don’t have to worry about it being in use when I need it but I think it is nice they offer it as an option. My company is a government contractor so nowhere near the field of education/daycare etc so I’m glad they are so supportive.
Post # 12
I work for a state department, and our office building has a lactation room on the ground floor. I’ve never actually peeked in it, so I don’t know what the accomodations are, but I know I’ve seen breast milk being stored in the fridge up on my floor, and nobody has ever raised a fuss. My group of coworkers, at least, can be fairly crunchy, so I think it’s a pretty breastfeeding-friendly environment.
Post # 13
My office is fairly friendly as far as pumping goes. Although they don’t have a room set up exclusively for pumping, I am able to use a conference room that locks when a meeting is not being held in it. Since it’s such a small office (we only have 15 people) only one or two meetings are held a day and those are usually at most a half hour to an hour long so I’m able to get my needed pumping sessions in without any major issues. I’m definitely thankful for this as I want to continue pumping and providing milk for my baby as long as she needs it. 🙂
Post # 14
@sunshine_kar: Hey! I’m an infant room teacher, too!
Post # 15
@sunshine_kar: Yes! I work for one of the top companies for working mothers and my company is great for breastfeeding moms. My office takes up five stories in a high rise and we have at least 4 rooms for nursing moms. They are all private and you reserve the room and have a key. Our company also provides breast pumps free or at a deep discount to all new mothers AND fathers.
Post # 16
We have a mother’s room, albeit a crappy space. It is more like a closet than a room. The room does lock. Basically a room with a sink, there is a small dorm fridge, and there is a office chair with a small, I mean small desk and some outdated magazines. Not really comfy, I hated using that room