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    Default Need assistance at Georgia State University

    I am a proud mother of a 4 month old girl who has been solely breast fed since birth. I would like to continue until she is about 1 years old, however I just recently started school and apparently the university's policy is that I am a a student and they do not have to allo wme a place to pump my milk while I am at school. I have been escorted to the bathroom several times to pump and was out right refusd to use the nursing room they created for their employees to pump today.

    I was previously allowed to use that room on two sepaate occasions but was accosted today and even intimidated to give this staff member the names of the personnel that let me use the room so she could report them.

    I went to the Dean of Students and left a message for a league leader in my area. The Assistant to the dean just again escorted me to another restroom to use which ofcourse is NOT sanitary and NOT private.

    I sent a letter to several student organizations and the dean a few minutes ago, but am seeking other assistance. I am getting the very distinct impression that:
    1- my child's health is less important to the school because i am a student
    2- the employee's children are more important- because again there are several rooms available but only to employees
    3-that a student mother is not wanted at the university because of the lack of assistance, and sensitivity that I have recieved

    I have left several messages for my academic advisor none of which have been returned and at one point i was even told i could use a room with a glass wall and door to pump just turn my back to the people standing outside.

    The way the staff member treated me today brought tears to my eeyes, she was callous and didn't even try to offer me any assistance or advice on the matter, just no you can't pump here, no one should have allowed you to pump and can i get their names so i can report them and when i asked her for her name she refused.

    I need help...

    Breastfeeding student in Atlanta

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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    Sorry you are having to deal with this, momma

    here is a link to the law in your state regarding breastfeeding.

    http://www.llli.org/Law/Bills15.html

    I don't think the law as it is written would be of much help, since technically students aren't allowed in private staff areas. But they should be able to accommodate you in some way and you shouldn't have to pump in the bathroom. Have you contacted student government, are there any academics for nursing/pre-med/dietetics that might be sympathetic? Or maybe the student newspaper/tv might be interested in such a story and get you some results.
    Proud mom of 2 boys, both weaned gradually and with love.


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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    Oh man that annoys me to no end momma.

    I'm also in Atlanta-

    Lemme see what I can do, I will PM you.

    I'm seeing red over this. Just wow.
    Lisa

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    Colby 12-14-09

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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    What about seeking help and support from the university's health center. They may be able to offer you space or at least help you advocate for a private space. Or, does your campus have a women's services/union or even a women's studies department? I know the women's studies faculty at the campus where I work would be all up in arms about this and ready to help.
    I'm Wendi.
    Mom to:
    DD1 7/28/07 for 21 mos and weaned with
    &
    DD2 12/16/09

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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    Thank you I did not think about any of those options...I have already programmed their numbers to call tomorrow morning!

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    Good luck mama and keep us posted.
    I'm Wendi.
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    DD1 7/28/07 for 21 mos and weaned with
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    DD2 12/16/09

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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    Definitely try the women's studies department, you are likely to at least find a sympathetic ear there and they may be able to help you figure out how to go through the proper channels to get a nursing room established for students.

    It really sucks that you are dealing with this and being treated this way, but just think of all the other student mamas you'll be helping in the future if you are able to make a permanent change in the University's policies!
    “We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    Wow, that's horrible that they would HAVE a nursing room and just not let you use it. How cruel is that! Please let us know what happens.

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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    WOW!!! That is horrible! I am returning to Rutgers, NJ on Tuesday and need to look into pumping on campus as well. Now I'm nervous. I wish you well. I plan on calling Health Services. My advisor was also a BF mother, so she is very sympathetic to my situation...I just can't believe that someone who must pump at work wouldn't sympathize with a FELLOW MOTHER!!!! Hopefully someone will be able to help. Please keep us posted....


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    Default Re: Need assistance at Georgia State University

    That sucks.

    Where I went to school the library had nearly private study rooms - kinda like a cube with a door. Probably some had outlets... does your library have that also??

    Two times when I visited Duke for work super nice staff members (2 different ones in different buildings) let me use their private offices... that may be another option.

    All the best to you and great job on standing up for yourself. It is because of dedicated individuals like you that changes are made.

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