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Does anyone else have to contort themself into a little ball on the floor under a desk to pump at work? It's really sad how unfriendly society is to those of us who continue bf after we return to work. My workplace is actually one of the better ones, but I still have to find an empty office, and since they all have glass in the front, I have to try to hide under a desk and hope that no one sees me. It's better, though, than pumping out in the car in the 90 degree weather, or pumping in the bathroom.
 

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OMG! I thought I had it bad. You are KIDDING me. Now, I don't know where you are but I thought employers were required to find you someplace to do this. Check into your laws.<br><br>
I used to pump in a supply closet (next to the men's washroom-- flllusssshhh). We moved to a different floor and now I have a little room with nice bright light and a chair and table (well boxes to make a table).<br><br>
All of our offices have windows as well. Another idea.... can you tape up some paper or cloth to cover the windows?<br><br>
Hang in there, mamma. It is worth it! I'm proud of your effort!!!!!
 

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Well, did it ever occur to you to turn your back to the window? Wouldn't that make infinitely more sense than hiding under the desk? You might also want to reassure yourself that you aren't doing a single thing to be embarassed by. When I was working & pumping, I was doing it in the break room.
 

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that was one of the 2 major reason i didnt go back to work. and yes, they have to work with you to find a place to pump that is clean and private - otherwise you would qualify for unemployment while searching for a new job that is more family friendly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh that's horrible. I pump in the shower room in one of the bathrooms. It's a good thing I'm almost done pumping because women are now leaving gross sweaty clothes lying on the chair to dry. (I'm assuming they're biking or walking to work now that it's warm.) I had to steal another chair from the cafeteria.
 

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Well, did it ever occur to you to turn your back to the window? Wouldn't that make infinitely more sense than hiding under the desk? QUOTE]<br><br><br>
I'm definitely not comfortable just turning my back. The way the offices are constructed, anyone walking by would get a nice view of what I'm doing. I'm not embarrassed about the fact that I pump (on the contrary, I'm proud that I'm able to keep it up), but it's a very private thing IMO.<br><br>
All I can say about this whole thing is that it's no wonder so many women give up bf early (if they do it at all.) If I weren't totally committed, I'd give it up, too.
 

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nope - I have a hand pump and I pump at my desk with my shirt pulled over it during my lunch while working. You can't really tell and I can always get myself back together quick if someone comes in my room. I feel like it's how things should be - I pump because I'm at work not taking care of my child.... duh, I need to get the stuff out....<br><br>
Nobody's saying anything, and they all know.....But then, according to the nurses at the hospital, I'm a nazi about bfing!!!<br><br>
I could ask for a private place, but I prefer being able to work through my lunches......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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That's horrible!<br><br>
I don't go back for another 2mos, but my workplace has a small room attached the kitchen/breakroom that has been dubbed the "milking room" for quite some time as that's where all the BFing mothers go to pump!
 

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i pump in public, behind a wall in the nurses station so i have nurses, CNA's, patients families all trooping in there while i pump, i just lay a large thin jacket over me, that is the same thing i do when i pump in the car (while driving) would feel comfortable doing that?
 

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Check out<br><a href="http://www.whisperwear.com/" target="_blank">http://www.whisperwear.com/</a><br>
They do make some noise (I call it getting my squeak on) but they're battery operated, no one can see what's going on under my shirt, and I walk around the pharmacy with them at work! My lunch break is all MINE!
 
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