I just need to vent guys..
I work in a large hospital with only one "lactation room." In order to access this lactation room you have to go to security and get a key. If security is closed, you have to page with an inhouse phone and someone will show up and let you in.
Only having 1 room is problematic in itself because its almost always occupied. And this place is so big that it is impossible to create a schedule among all mama's (plus I work a rotating shift so my schedule is unpredictable).
Then when I go to the security office there is always a huge line of people that have to get their ID badges registered which takes quite a bit of time when you don't have much time to wait. I even tried the "Oh I just need the lactation key" and was repsonded with "You need to wait in line!" And when it is my turn she will pick up a key RIGHT NEXT TO HER and give it to me. Why couldn't she just do that when I aksed in the 1st place!
Then after hours I page security and it takes 15-20 minutes for them to show up. I saw an officer walking and I asked if he could let me in and he said only the supervisor can do that and he is at lunch so I will have to wait.
The problem is that I CANT wait because I only have 20 minutes to do a 15 minute pump! If I wait the 20 minutes for Mr Supervisor to chow on a sandwich or Ms Supervisor to help other people before just giving me the key then my break is over and I have to go back to work without pumping!
My department coworkers are trying to be supportive but many of them don't have kids and none of them understand breastfeeding in general. It is getting aggravating! It should not be THIS difficult to pump at work- especially since this is the place where I gave birth as well!