Re: How do you find/make a place to pump at work? (office)
I've had that experience! I pump at around 9, 12, and 3, and a few times now I've been in the elevator with one of the maintenance guys or someone who I don't know well and he'll ask if I'm heading home early. My response is, "Something like that."
Originally Posted by @llli*momcbs
My husband sees coworkers using the "Mother's Room" at his workplace and he said that before he became a dad and had a wife who breastfeeds he'd have never realized exactly what that room is for! He can peg a Medela bag at 20 paces, but he does think it's quite discreet in appearance.
I also work in a male-dominated environment. My manager and all but one of my teammates are men. My manager knows that I pump (he tried to help me find an alternative location), but I also shift my pumping times when possible so that there's no conflict with meetings. Since I work independently much of the time, I make my daily schedule to some extent so it's not like the guys on my team are wondering where I am. If I were to be asked, I'd be open about it. Several of my teammates are newlyweds and are thinking of starting families, and I figure that if they see a peer who manages to combine working and nursing it may encourage them to be supportive of their wives doing the same when the time comes.
I actually have had two of my male coworkers allude to my nursing the baby (they are fathers themselves). It's pretty subtle stuff, like seeing me drink a big iced coffee and asking if the baby reacts to caffeine in my diet. Since I've never said anything to them about how she's fed, I think it's great that they default to the assumption that I am a nursing mom!
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010