What do you do when work isn't pumping friendly?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Pump in your car?  Do they have cigarette lighter attachments for the electric pumps?

But seriously, ask your supervisor or HR rep what they recommend.  My mom asked and one of the executives allowed her to use an empty office to pump.  Maybe someone will ahve mercy on you and allow you to use their office.

Post # 5
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

you need to go to HR about this, for sure!!

it won’t just benefit you, it will also benefit other moms in the future. good luck 🙂

Post # 7
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

As a FYI, companies with fewer than 50 employees are held to a different (lower) standard than larger companies.  They are not required to provide you with accommodations if that would cause an “undue hardship” to the business.  You can certainly ask building management since it sounds like you work in a large office building.  One of my co-workers just came back from maternity, and apparently while our company doesn’t have a specific area for pumping, the building has a private restroom (key access only) that can be used for that purpose.  All nursing women in our building basically work their schedule out amongst themselves and get the key from the person before them.  Your building might have something similar.

Post # 9
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I feel you!  I work for a small company and share an office with all males!  I have a battery operated pump and have pumped in the stalls a LOT.  You’d be surprised how many other women will tell you they’ve been there when they hear the pump in the stall!



I also spoke with HR and got the key to a small conference room.  I can use that when it’s not booked.  Definitely speak with HR.  They should be sensitive to accommodating this!



Also, do not be embarrassed or apologetic.  My breast pump parts are washed in the office kitchen sink and sit out on my desk to dry.  Everyone knows when I carry my pumping bag that I’m going to pump my breasts. I decided that I will not be embarrassed or ashamed about feeding my baby!!!





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