(Closed) Where do/did you pump at work?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: 1) Where do/did you pump at work & 2) Is/was it private enough for you? (2 part poll)
    1) My employer has a designated "Mother's Room" for pumping : (10 votes)
    34 %
    1) My office : (5 votes)
    17 %
    1) A co-worker lets me use her office : (0 votes)
    1) A stall in the bathroom : (4 votes)
    14 %
    1) The locker room at my work's gym : (1 votes)
    3 %
    1) I've commandeered a closet or empty office that locks : (4 votes)
    14 %
    1) I've commandeered a closet or empty office that does not lock : (2 votes)
    7 %
    1) My car : (2 votes)
    7 %
    1) Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I work in a hospital with multiple pumping rooms that have wonderful hospital grade pumps in every room.  I feel very lucky!

    Post # 4
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    1204 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My coworker had a baby last year and she used the conference room in our building. It locks and she pumped the same time every day, so everyone knew that conference room was not open at those times. I’ll probably use that. There is a vacant office I could use, but there are huge windows and the blinds are rather finicky so probably won’t bother with that.

    Post # 5
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    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    If in the office (which is usually the case), I pump in my personal office (though our company does have a designated pumping room for those that are in cubes) but I only have a sliding door, no locks, some blinds on the windows, and a frosted glass wall facing the building interior.  If I’m traveling, I’ve had to pump in my car before because I refused to use a public restroom along some random highway. 

    My office is private but you can see shadows through the frosted glass wall and I have to position myself in front of the door so people can’t “see” me.  Also, my office manager had someone walk in her office even when she had her door shut, blinds drawn, and a sign up saying please do not disturb while she was pumping because we don’t have locks.  It would be nice to have locks but if I really cared I’d go to our designated pumping room.

    Post # 6
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    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I’ve asked for the conference room because it has a shade and a lock. (It also has a phone and computer that I can use so I don’t have to take “break” time out of my day.) I’m a graphic designer for the company and will create a “Conference Room In Use” sign for the door when the time comes. 

    It was really the only option as there is only a bathroom as the other door with a lock. (All the offices have windows without shades or frosted glass..) 

    Post # 7
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    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We had an empty office to use, but everyone in our building who needed it got to use the same room. I had to coordinate pumping times with two other ladies.

    Post # 8
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    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Okay silly question, do you have to pump while at work? Or is this optional? I kinda thought you could just pump when your home? Please educate me.

    Post # 9
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    46403 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I used my own office. I had the maintenance man put up a simple gate latch type lock that I purchased myself.

    Post # 10
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    46403 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @bells: it depends on how often you are feeding when you return to work and how long you are away from the baby. If you don’t pump and empty your breasts, your body will assume that you don’t need to make as much milk anymore and production will decrease.

    Post # 11
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My office recently created a “lactation room”.  I know the mothers currently using it are appreciative of the addition.  There is a scheduling issue but at least there is a designated, comfortable space.  Prior to the room, they were using an old office with paper over the window.  Obviously not a desirable place to hang out.  I think a lot of companies are finally beginning to follow suit, even if they’re not mandated to do so. 

    Post # 12
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    When I was working (my last day was Tuesday -woo-hoo!) I pumped in the locker room bathroom which had it’s own lock and an exterior area with a sink and a chair.

    It sucked though because it wasn’t very comfortable and I had absolutely no cell phone service or wi-fi access – so basically I’d sit in a metal folding chair for 20 minutes bored out of my mind. I started taking a book or a magazine but the other problem was that people would come into the locker room and were constantly banging on the door to see if it was occupied.

    I was soo happy when I didn’t have to do it anymore. It was a pain in the ass because I had to pack up the milk and clean all the parts and I was afraid of them touching things and getting germs. Plus I felt like I could never get anything done at work and I was only pumping twice a day.

    If you want to exclusively breastfeed you HAVE to pump at least twice at work so your body thinks there is a baby eating that often – otherwise your supply will drop off. I noticed a change in just the two weeks I was working.

    Post # 13
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    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @julies1949: oh I had no idea. Thanks for explaining.

    Post # 14
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    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    This is one of my pet peeves personally.  I hate hearing stories of pumping or pregnancy discrimination.  You should not have to suppliment because of that.

    Yes, there is legislation in regards to pumping.  You should definately educate yourself on those so that you can discuss the situation with your employer.  You can always choose to go with less but then your employer may expect that for subsequent women who may not want that.  Every employer is required to match the federal legislation, though if they have less than 50 employees they have to prove it would hurt thier business significantly.  It is also only for those that FLSA is for (though many states have it on their books too).

    I would never ever use a bathroom.  I don’t even want to take my food anywhere near the bathroom why would I do that to my child.  You do not have to use a bathroom (federal legislation says specifically NOT a bathroom).  Even if that is the only thing they offer come up with other ideas.

    I use an empty office with a lock currently.  So far it has worked for me.  I cannot use my car because I would just bake (I live in the desert). 

    We haven’t supplimented because we haven’t needed to.  I pump first thing in the morning (he eats off of 1 side) and that is fed to him at 8 am.  I pump at 8 am.  I feed him at 11:00 am, then he gets a bottle from the day before at 2 pm.  I pump at 2:00 pm.  There is usually about a 2 oz surplus each day.  If he wakes in the night to eat I only offer the side he would get in the morning so the other one fills up.

    Post # 15
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @brownieMomma: I agree – it’s total crap how employers don’t provide adequate spaces for their employees to pump or expect them just to fend for themselves and make a space.

    In my situation if I had had an office with a lock and some blinds I could have continued working on my computer WHILE I was pumping (in fact, I would have been happy to), so in my case not providing facilities for pumping made their business LESS efficient.

    Post # 16
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    @camrie: Guess I’m lucky, but once a day pumping at the office is totally fine for me.

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