Thanks, SmileyWill! Now I guess I have to reply, right??
William's Mom, I'm so sorry you had to go through this on what I'm sure was a really emotional day as it is...but I do agree with the other posters that the women you describe sound as though they have already made up their minds and are not exactly convinceable, so I would just let it go.
I pumped for a year for both kids, and was really lucky that I never got guff about it. My boss, who is a gay man, was actually really cool about it. Like Smileywill said, we have a lactation room at our company, which is located in the health center--the staff is great, and it is clean and private (it was almost, though not quite, enough to make me miss pumping!
). I also was able to go over to the dcc for dd#2 and nurse her on my lunch hour until she was about 8 months old. The only problem with that was if I had a meeting that went through lunch, but those were pretty rare.
I agree that having a community of people to support you is a God-send. So if you can't find such a group at work, you are better off coming here, or finding it IRL. Especially during those times when pumping is proving difficult and you need someone to vent to.
Good luck, and take care! It is a great thing that you are doing, and just remember who it is all for!