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