for your hard work pumping.
Problems will never be solved if the people who have the ability to solve the problems never hear about them. So, definitely bring this to the appropriate personnel's attention (probably HR) and work with them to get a remedy. That being said, be willing to compromise. I would be sensative to how others perceive breastmilk in a common area, rightly or wrongly. Have you tried putting the milk in another bag/container so that people won't know what is inside?
I had a co-worker at one time whose wife did daycare out of their home. He was commenting about how one of the mothers brought ebm for her baby. He was grossed out that his wife just threw it in their freezer with the rest of their food. Another co-worker mentioned that his wife should get a dark container to store it in in the freezer for his peace of mind. She then went on to say that he apparently did not know that her bm was in the shared refrigerator here at work with everyone else's food every day. She just put it in a dark container and no one knew what was in there. For some reason, that did not seem to bother anyone as much as the thought of bags of milk touching things in the fridge did.
Mom to Lainey (11-8-06)
I am just shocked and have no response. How could a nurse and a LandD unit be so uneducated???????????????????????????????? I am so sorry you have to go through this and hope that it works out in your favor!!!!!!!!!
Imma to AA, born at home 11/12/07 , juggling , working, APing , cloth diapering , - and . I'm done - yay!
From this link
"Are special precautions needed for handling breast milk?
CDC does not list human breast milk as a body fluid for which most healthcare personnel should use special handling precautions. Occupational exposure to human breast milk has not been shown to lead to transmission of HIV or HBV infection. However, because human breast milk has been implicated in transmitting HIV from mother to infant, gloves may be worn as a precaution by health care workers who are frequently exposed to breast milk (e.g., persons working in human milk banks)."
If the CDC says it's not a bodily fluid -- who is Bertha to say it is? She is in dire need of education regarding breastmilk, storage, confidentiality and additionally supervisory skills.
Can you maybe pick up a nylon lunch bag? They're lightweight and can just roll up in your purse.
Something like this looks appropriate in a fridge, will allow the EBM to keep cold and will keep prying eyes out of your business.
I agree that Bertha needs to be educated by HR.
Weaned @ 17 months
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Weaned @ 15 months
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