There is an article in today's (9-1) NY Times on the gap between white collar professionals and other workers' access to/opportunities for pumping at work.
This link should get you there: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/01/he...r=1&ref=health
It is timely for me as a friend and I were just discussing how aggressive some of the "breast is best" campaign is without seeming sensitive enough to some of the societal constraints that inhibit women from continuing breastfeeding after going back to work. I have it extremely lucky as I work in a woman-owned small business and am permitted not only to work from home, but, for the moment, to work from an entirely different country/continent! But I have thought a lot about how hard pumping would be in some occupations.
I know some of you must have some stories that would be worth posting. What constraints have you faced? How have you dealt with it? And, to move from anecdote to action, what political movements are currently in motion to get FEDERAL laws in place to ensure that women get time to pump, get a safe clean place to pump, and get access to storage for breast milk without losing their jobs, being penalized in their jobs, or facing other forms of harassment? Really, this is about the health and future of our country, it should be a “no brainer”!
Also, I’m curious, are there any organizations out there that help lower-income women pay for quality pumps? I have a good job and I almost passed out when I found out how much a quality electric pump costs!