Hi all, this is my first post! Though I've been on looking at the conversations getting myself ready for returning to work...
That was about six weeks ago, and despite my preparation, the experience wasn't great, mostly because the pumping facilities are pretty rubbish. I work for a very large company in England (born in Tenn though), and though I didn't want to make a fuss, I started making some small enquiries about who owns our family friendly policy--I was going to send them an email to say 'this is what happened; does it sound very family friendly to you?'
I've had a curious response: they want to know exactly what the ideal returning to work experience would be like. This isn't just about BF rights, it's the whole returning to work after maternity situation they're interested in. We're very lucky and get long maternity leave, so that's not really a problem. But it's just too good an opportunity to change things to limit it to what I can come up with--my boss even wants me to take this on as part of my actual job responsibilities!!!
For a start I think we ought to be put in touch with other mothers who are returning... But what more? Few of us want to return to work, but once we do it, what could our companies do to make it just that bit easier? What would you do? Would it have anything to do with dads? With buddy systems? With health & safety?