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Nursing at work?

Joined: 1/4/2009
Posts: 15
If I had the option, I would stay home. But as it is with our budget, I must work. However, my employer doesn’t provide either a private place or a time for a breast feeding mother to pump during the work day. I’ve asked about this one-on-one with my boss but she refuses to budge on providing “special privileges” for some employees but not others. I don’t get it. I have coworkers who leave to walk outside for a smoke break but I’m seen as some trouble maker for requesting a place to pump. Am I out of line? Is there anything I can do to help my boss see the light?
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Comment by justcallmemom

Joined: 1/29/2009
Posts: 35
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There is a booklet and DVD available to give to your employer to help them understand how important it is that the working mother continues to nurse and her needs for pumping at work. Hope this helps some.

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Returning to work outside of the home does not mean mothers have to stop breastfeeding. Many mothers purchase or rent breast pumps, allowing them to efficiently collect breast milk to feed their babies. Workplace lactation programs are important to support mothers employed outside the home. If the mother's workplace does not already offer an established lactation support program, the following materials may be useful in developing one.

Business Backs BreastfeedingTM: A Flexible Workplace Program for Breastfeeding Mothers is a turnkey program for employers and provides instructions, tips, and easy-to-use template materials to create a lactation program. The Business Backs Breastfeeding program is based upon a program model that has been tested in a variety of workplace settings. Ross is pleased to partner with Working Mother Media to promote and distribute Business Backs Breastfeeding. Working Mother Media is a provider of information and emerging trends about work/life issues to working mothers, business owners, executive decision makers, and human resources professionals. Working Mother magazine's signature initiative, 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, is a benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. More than 90 percent of employers who have earned a spot on this list offer workplace lactation programs.

Download and print a free copy of Business Backs Breastfeeding to share with an employer. Breast Milk Handling and Storage Guidelines explains how to express and then safely store breast milk.

Dear Employer Letter gives the health care provider an easy-to-use letter that encourages an employer to provide a flexible work schedule so that breast milk can be pumped or expressed at work.

Ross Breastfeeding Supplies, such as insulated cooler inserts for expressed breast milk, breast milk storage bottles, and individually prepackaged disposable nipple and ring sets are all available online or by calling (800) 258-ROSS (800-258-7677) to place an order.

Breast Pump Manufacturers provides a list of some of the most popular brands of breast pumps.

Supplemental Feeding offers helpful advice on supplemental feedings when feeding at the breast is not possible. The guide offers tips on expressing and storing breast milk and on supplementing with infant formula. The guide is helpful whether a bottle is used to supplement daily or occasionally.

"Do Not Disturb" door hangers are a convenient way for breastfeeding moms to ensure they have privacy at work when they need to express breast milk. Simply download, print, and cut out this easy-to-use door hanger.

Daily Log is a simple tool to help caregivers record the baby's feedings.

Hang in there - don't let your boss make you stop nursing!!
Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2009 5:33:22 AM
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Comment by RThiegs

Joined: 12/31/2008
Posts: 4
I would look into the state laws as well. Some states have labor laws that now allow breaks for nursing mothers, but you may need to make the time up or not get paid for your breaks.
Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009 1:06:12 AM
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Comment by nflemmens

Joined: 4/16/2009
Posts: 2
Try to go above your boss on this one. Most companies may not have a policy for nursing mothers, but it is a a right that should be provided w/ national support. Check out the website by the LaLeche league and see what rights you have via FMLA act. Pumping actually takes less time and can be a more productive break, than smoking (where the participants cannot free their hands for working tasks). It was always a sore spot among me and my other "non-smoking" co-workers how many smoking breaks were allowed among our regular breaks. I now request a "non-smoker's break" where I leave my duties for approximately 30minutes-- like a smokers do. When I received complaints, I promptly reported my grievances to Human Resources. Since then, a policy has been instated that smoking breaks be limited to less than 10 minutes. Breast-feeding women, though, may have as much time as needed to provide the services to feed their baby.

Be an advocate. Even if it doesn't benefit you at this time, you can be assured that your efforts might benefit another mother in your position in the future.

good luck!
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 4:33:49 AM
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