I've been at work for about 6 weeks now. For the month of December I was Part-time and with the holiday schedule, finding a place to pump was no problem. This week was my first week back full time and it was a nightmare.
I work in an outpatient clinic and there are ~21 exam rooms. There haven't been any problems with my using an empty to pump until yesterday. They were doing interviews and were using all the rooms and offices. Normally I'm a calm and collected person. People come to me when they have problems but I just couldn't handle it yesterday. I was passing by the person in charge of the interviews and asked her if they were using Dr X's office. She said "YES". Her tone of voice was so curt that it instantly sent me off into an emotional frenzy. I walked off crying.
So today I asked a tech if I could use his office (I've used it before) and he said sure. Little did I know there was a room crunch and my boss promised that room to one of the physicians. Now how was I supposed to know that? He didn't tell me and I didn't know.
Once I was done and walked back to my desk, my boss pulls me into her office and tells me I should use one of the lactation rooms on campus. I told her the only ones on campus are 3 buildings away and that I would be done pumping by the time I walked there and back. She was "sympathetic" in the only way she knows how as a single person without children (she laughs things off). I asked her if someone complained and she said no. She said she was trying to preempt any problems or complaints that I was using exam space to pump.
Ok fine. I respect that. I also am thankful I can take so much time out in my day to pump. What I don't appreciate is how unfair it is. When female physicians come to clinic and use our rooms, they pump in those rooms when they're not seeing a patient. There are also physicians that have offices with locks on this floor and they pump in there. Why do I have to walk 3 buildings away to pump? Why do I have to feel like my child is not privileged enough to have a mommy with a medical degree who can pump in their exam room or office? I will NOT stop pumping for my son. I can tell you this though, I sure do feel unappreciated right now. I work so hard for this place, helping where and when I can and this is how I'm treated. That's fine. I won't get my work done, they'll complain and I can tell them in a few days that I need to be able to pump closer to my desk. I don't even take a lunch as it is because I'm pumping.
I'm off to cry again ...