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#1 of 4 Old 08-12-2013, 03:38 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Ladies, I returned to work (at a new job) a couple weeks ago and am pumping three times a day for my 5 month old son. So far, I have been able to use a coworker's office, who happened to be on vacation for my first few weeks. She's back now and I've asked HR for another location to pump. Basically, this is what they proposed: another coworker offered her office. And if she is using her office when I need to pump, another coworker offered her office. And as a last resort, the HR director (part time) offered me his office the days when he is not at work. While I appreciate their generosity, this solution doesn't sit well with me and makes me feel a bit anxiety ridden! The fact that I'll have to coordinate with one or more people on a daily basis to pump stresses me out! And I'll have to displace someone from their own space...that feels awful, and like I'm 'putting them out' no matter how compassionate or generous they are. I feel like I have to align my pumping schedule with my coworkers schedule and then if there is an overlap, I have to work at finding an alternative...every day. In an ideal world, there would be one space that is not occupied by any one else, for me to use when necessary...a place that wouldn't require daily coordinating.


My question is...do you think it's worth pushing back and asking for a better solution? Or should I be grateful that people are trying to accommodate me at all? 

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I would feel stressed out about that, but maybe you can try it for now and see how well it works out.  I think I would use the part time worker's office as often as I could when he isn't there.

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That is not the best situation by far, but on the brightside it’s awesome that your co-workers seem very supportive (I work at a computer most of the day and would welcome giving up my office to stretch my legs and get away from the computer). I agree with Viola, plan on using the part time worker's office as much as possible. Then maybe in a week or two address HR about a more permanent solution. I would express (pun intended...) the need for a long-term location. Bottom line, if you are stressed before pumping and feeling like you are putting someone out, you won't be able to pump as much! And they may not understand that you could potentially continue to pump for months. If they are willing to work with you so far, I am sure they will be willing to work towards a long-term solution!
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I office-hopped a bit with my first as well, and it actually wasn't bad, especially if you can spread it out. The part-timer's office could be your first go-to and could work for all Tuesday sessions or all afternoon sessions or what-have-you, so then it's just a matter of cutting out an agreement with the others, which may not be as hard as you think.

Otherwise, Is there any space that might work? In the past I've used a storage room, a conference room, a file room, etc. In my workplace there aren't any rooms with locks on them, but if you put a sign on the door and face away from the door, your odds are pretty good.

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