Re: How do you find/make a place to pump at work? (office)
I pump in a bathroom. It's absolutely not 100% sound proof, and it's next to a heavily-trafficked stairwell and a busy mens' room. I felt awkward about "Oh no, people will HEAR me pumping" and then I got over it. If someone has an issue with the sound, then that's their issue. While I have no problem explaining where I am and why if asked, I don't trumpet the fact that I'm pumping and I suspect the majority of my (mostly male) coworkers have no idea.
If HR had done their job and followed the law rather than denying my request to pump in a long-unused office, then I wouldn't be pumping in a bathroom anyways!
I have tried to make the room as comfortable as possible for my use. I brought in a more comfortable chair and HR kindly provided me with disinfecting wipes and an air freshener. Since other women can and do use the room as a bathroom I didn't want to put up pictures of my baby. Thankfully I have an iPhone, so I can look at pictures of her on my phone and surf the internet or play games while I pump. I'm considering requesting a folding screen to further separate the corner where I pump from the toilet.
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010