I just returned from maternity leave and am working full-time. I am committed to breastfeeding and will need to pump at work.
My question is regarding the condition of the "lactation room" provided by my company. Currently it is a shower stall in the company gym that has an electric plug hanging from the ceiling and an old chair. It does have a locking door. However, people still use this as a shower (the floor can be wet/not drain properly) and there is a bit of a bug problem in there (spiders, roaches) due to it being a damp, dark space.
I spoke to our facilities manager who basically said that until our building lease is up (in 2010) there is nothing she can do. The only alternative she offered me was a storage closet.
Just for the complete picture - my company has an office about 5 miles away that has a fantastic lactation room. It's a converted office with locking door, carpeting, comfortable chairs, refrigerator, etc. My company also brands itself as being very work/life friendly and promoting better health. I do not think if certain managers/senior leaders were made aware of these conditions they would approve.
My question is: do you think I'm making a big deal out of nothing? Should I suck it up and pump in the bug-infested shower and/or storage closet? Do nursing mothers have rights to better facilities? (I'm in PA - I know there's no laws protecting working mothers who nurse) Should I contact the facilities manager again and tell her the options she offered aren't acceptable? Go higher up the ladder and risk pissing her off?