10 February 2016

Updated Pumping Thoughts

My pumping situation has improved. As I had hoped, once my body got used to being milked by a machine instead of a baby, it more or less got with the program. I no longer have to actively induce sadness.

I've developed a whole little routine. About 15 minutes before I disappear to pump, I go to the bathroom, and refill my water. I take my water with me to the designated room, and after I get myself all hooked up to my equipment, I take a long drink of water and take a nice relaxing breath.
I look at videos of Everett while I start up my dairy machinery, and then after initial letdown, I read or play on my phone for the remainder of the session.

The pumping room at my work is very pleasant. It has a minifridge for milk storage, and a table, and a comfortable chair. A vision board (?) area where you can post pictures of your baby. An assortment of parenting books, and a space heater. Access is set up in such a way that no one could possibly walk in on you.

Today I went to work in a dress that I can nurse a baby in (one boob), but as it turns out I have to take completely off to pump (two boobs). Pumping breastmilk in a conference room wearing only your underwear is....well it's terrible, if you were wondering.
Terrible, and even with a space heater it is rather cold.
And it got me thinking about work pumping conditions. I work in corporate America, where we can have a designated, locking space.
What if I had Swistle's job of in-home care? Would I have to *shudder* pump at the client HOUSES?
What if I was a waitress?
What if our designated pumping area did NOT have a good locking system, and maybe all I could do is put up a Do Not Disturb sign and hope no one barged in on me??
My, it's a wonder anyone does this at all.

You know what would be great?
If your baby was cared for at your work, and instead of stopping to pump 2-3 times a day, you could stop in for a snuggle and a nurse with your baby! I would be so much more productive, and relaxed.
Hey look at that, I just invented onsite daycare.

3 comments:

  1. I was at Burger King once, and a woman was pumping in the handicap stall. Not just in the bathroom, that would be bad enough! IN the STALL. I worked in that store in high school. There is an office, with a locking door, and no windows. WHY couldn't she pump there?!

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  2. My former employer suggested I ask the CFO to leave HIS office every time I needed to pump. I told them that was not a reasonable accommodation. The best is when I could just pump in my own office.

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  3. There really should be more accommodation at workplaces for mamas. My sister quit her lawyer job because she couldn't stop weeping about being away from her 6 week old baby. You shouldn't have to pick.

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