Post # 1
I’m hoping to BF when LO gets here, but will have to pump since I plan on returning to work full time.
I work in a very small office with zero privacy. The bathrooms have no lounge area, just 2 little stalls (and are a public restroom for the entire floor of the building).
I’m just trying to think ahead to how I would even be able to pump in this situation.
Any ideas? Any momma’s work in a non-pumping friendly environment? What did you do?
Post # 3
- 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 # 4
I would check out your state laws in addition to these links about the federal laws. Bring it up with your manager or supervisor to create a reasonable plan of action so you aren’t left scrambling when you return 🙂
Post # 5
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 # 6
Thanks ladies. I was hoping to avoid an awkward conversation with my male boss. We don’t actually have an HR department – only 5 people in the whole company! I guess when the time comes I’ll have to bite the bullet and talk with him.
We’re planning a move to a new office sometime next summer, so that may take care of the issue but who knows. I know they’ll be super accommodating, it’ll just be an awkward conversation. I’m really not looking forward to having my co-workers know I’m hooked up to a breast pump 2 feet away from them!
Post # 7
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 # 8
@MariContrary: Yes, that’s a good point. I was looking through on eof the links a PP posted and trying to figure out if a business as small as mine would even qualify.
Your post just made me think of something – I know a while ago our building manager said there was an extra conference room on the first floor that anyone could reserve and use. I don’t think it gets used at all. That might be an option for me if it’s still available.
Post # 9
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!!!