In some states (like California where I live), there are laws that require employers to provide a private room, outside of a restroom, allowing breaks for lactating mothers to pump milk.
That's all well and good, but to say I was comfortable with the whole thing would be the overstatement of the year. I was horrified by the idea that someone might walk in while I pumped because it's such an undignified process. You attach plastic contraptions to your breasts, turn on a noisy machine that suctions tiny drops of milk out, and end up with maybe a quarter cup of breast milk. When my husband saw me pump, he likened me to a milk truck.
I wasn't aware of a lactation room at my company, so I spoke to other new mothers to find out about their experiences. One coworker,Read More »from The Harrowing Tales of Pumping Breast Milk at Work