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Thread: new job and pumping

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Default new job and pumping

    I'm starting a new job on Monday. They know that I just had a baby 2 months ago, but it didn't come up in the interviews about nursing at all. I didn't feel like it was really any of their business (that it shouldn't matter one way or the other in their decision to hire me or not). I mean, people take 2 or more smoke breaks some hours, why can't I take one break every 2-3 hours to pump? Anyways, I'm nervous about how to bring this up. I'm going to walk in on Monday carrying my pump and I know they will have questions. Btw, this is a waitressing job. I know they can't really give me too much grief over it, but how should I handle it, especially since this is a brand new job.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: new job and pumping

    Many mothers find that by being matter-of-fact about the situation, explaining their needs simply, and showing that they'll do everything they can to minimize disruption to the workplace, helps the transition to go easier on everyone.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Re: new job and pumping

    I've been upfront with my coworkers and boss about pumping and it's never been an issue - but I've also been an employee for a while, so my situation is different.

    But, I thought I'd suggest carrying your pump in a discrete bag. I carry mine in a small black diaper bag - including the milk bags, adapter etc. That way I can store my milk and pump in the fridge and I don't have to share that I'm pumping with people if I don't want...

    Good Luck!
    Kerry - first time mom to Isabella Grace 3/2/07

    Still nursing at 16 months, working, and trying to balance my life!

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