Thanks to your super help I just found out that due to the Health Care Reform act my employer is required to provide me a private space to pump. (And breaks to do so--but that was never my issue anyway).
I've pumped at this job before, but that was before the health care reform passed. So I usually used a bathroom (luckily it had benches and a couch so I wasn't perched on a toilet). But the building I'm now working in doesn't have a space that I could pump privately and it looks like my group may be moving to a different building while I am on maternity leave. This was very worrying to me because I will have no time to scope out the lay of the land. So I am super excited that my employer (who is funnily enough the federal government) is required to help me out here.
Since this law is relatively new I'm 100% certain that my direct supervisor knows nothing about it. I'm not sure about upper level management. I've decided that the best way to approach this will be to compose an email to my supervisor explaining that I will be pumping when I return to work. Include quotes from the health care reform law (and a link to the complete law) which explain that they are required to provide a private space to pump.
Unfortunately space is at a premium around here and it will probably be difficult to find a private space for me. (Unless I steal some high-level executives office.) Therefore this email is probably going to be forwarded up to who knows how far and I'm having some serious writer's block even getting it started.
I thought one of you might already have something similar that might help me get started. Any advice or examples? I'm just starting my third trimester and hope to take 8-12 weeks so I'm basically giving them 6 months warning. Is this too early?
Thanks for your help!