So, as I've mentioned on some other threads, I an academic on the job market. I have now been on 3 interviews for faculty positions at research institutions, one while my son was 5 weeks old, and the other two more recently (I'm on my way back from the third) - he's currently 12 months.
I have been very pleasantly surprised with how accommodating all three places have been about my being a nursing mother. The first two, I brought him and a caregiver, and they were extremely supportive of this. All three places gave me special considerations for pumping breaks (these interviews are two-day affairs, usually starting with breakfast and ending with latish dinner meetings), and a private location to do so - either a vacant office or a pumping area in the ladies' room.
I have been really worried about how much I have needed to disclose about myself in order to obtain these extra breaks, etc., but do not have any evidence that there has been any negative effect. Some of the male faculty look a little askance at my "breaks", and there have been a couple awkward conversations where I have needed to communicate that I needed to go to a particular location for my "breaks". But these have been minor inconveniences. There have also been some people assuming that my infant was a "newborn", but no-one has so far batted an eye at learning that he's over a year old.
On the other hand, this trip did not go nearly as well as the previous. I did not bring my son this time - it was our first separation of more than 10 or so hours. I thought it was short enough, just about 48 hours, but as I posted on another thread, I misread just how much he drinks at night, and I have big lumps in both breasts that won't clear, and I fear I'm getting mastitis. But that was my own mis-planning, not the fault of the interviewers. I have teaching obligations tomorrow morning, and I'm still a flight away from home, so I sure hope I am well enough to get up and teach tomorrow.
Anyway, just wanted to share that with people. I think it's really nice that I've so far been able to navigate the very formal faculty interview process while being a nursing mother. Now, if I can just survive the discomfort of this little miscalculation...