First post here. I just started back to work last Monday. My DS was 8 weeks old. He'll be 10 weeks tomorrow. I've worked at my current position for 8 years. My boss-a female doctor-has a reputation for being somewhat...let's just say she's hard to work for!
I thought things were going to be ok with me pumping at work. She had a fridge all ready for me, and showed me a couple of rooms that would be available. She then explained that the time to pump would be unpaid, except for my lunch break. I asked if I could come in early or stay late. Nope. OK, fine, I'll punch out. (I planned to do a 10 min session in morning, longer one at lunch, then another 10 min in the afternoon.) But the more I thought about it, the more it annoyed me.
My coworkers take a coffee break, and they don't have to punch out. Why can't I pump then? The coffee break policy isn't written down in the employee handbook--it's a 'courtesy' break according to HR. I asked if I could have a 'courtesy' pumping break. The next day we get a memo--no more coffee/personal breaks allowed. Now everyone has to punch in and out for any breaks.
My coworkers have been taking these 20-25 breaks forEVER! (Supposed to be 10 minutes). Rather than just enforce the 10 minute break rule, she makes me be the bad guy. Now my coworkers are mad, because I screwed up their "free" coffee time and I'm losing out almost $3000 a year to breastfeed my son due to lost wages. I hope the stress doesn't cause my supply to dwindle. He's a hungry boy! Already up to 14 lbs, 7 oz at 9 weeks!
Anyone else have issues with supervisors or unsupportive coworkers???