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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so if it isn't, I'm sorry. I will have to go back to work at least part time shortly after the baby is born. I work at a place that considers itself very liberal and parenting-friendly but there is no place to pump. I have a cubicle that you cannot see in but I am uncomfortable pumping there due to a male coworker that has a severe staring problem (really skeeves me out.) I spoke to my direct boss and their boss about it and the only solution they can come up with is a storage closet. I work at a place where the majority of employees are female. This seems ridiculous to me. I keep making jokes to the effect that they are "pushing me in the closet," but I am actually disgruntled. Has anyone run into this situation? Thoughts on anything I can do?<br><br>
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Well ... a storage closet is better than a bathroom, but it is frustrating that a storage closet is the best that they can do. I just don't think you'll be comfortable there, and comfort and being able to relax is key when you're pumping at work.<br><br>
What about using an empty office (do they have these) or a conference room? You'll be pumping at very regular intervals so you could even make a sign up that you could put on the door that says do not disturb. I would make sure that there is a latch put on whatever room you decide to pump in so that you can be assured complete privacy.<br><br>
Let me know if the conference room/empty office options are viable. If they aren't, I will keep thinking.
 

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An empty conference room is a great idea. We have a couple small ones at work that are rarely in use. I actually pump in the bathroom. There is a small shower room in the back of one of our bathrooms with a bench, chair, and small sink. How big is the storage closet? Is it something you could make comfortable with a nice chair, some magazines or a laptop so you can chat while pumping?
 

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All the conference rooms and offices have windows and are very public. The bathrooms recieve a lot of traffic so I am a little concerned about hygiene. I am going to use the closet, I just thought that the face my place of emplyment shows and the reality that exists are a little entertaining.
 

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Maybe they would be willing to rearrange your cube a bit to provide more privacy? Add a fourth wall or re-orient the opening, or perhaps a privacy curtain or something? It seems they ought to be able to do something to make it more comfortable than using a storage closet!<br><br>
Yay for pumping at work!
 

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I'm in the same situation at work. All our offices and conference rooms have windows.<br><br>
I pumped in a closet for baby #1 and now am pumping in a storage closet for baby #2. It beats the bathroom for sure. I set up some pictures and a chair and it's not so bad.<br><br>
we're moving to a different floor though and I will have to find somewhere else. The place they have for me does not have a lock on the door and even if I put a sign out-- I'm going to be paranoid that someone is going to walk in on me.
 

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I have zero problem breastfeeding in public but I am uncomfortable with the thought of someone walking in on me when pumping. I work with a man that freaks me out. It's not REALLY overt but he has a habit of staring and the thought of me being in my cubicle and having him know is too much for me. Ew, I have the heebilies just thinking about it.
 

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i would definitly work on getting a latch for the closest, but, in the meantime-- i agree with you that the company's words and actions don't seem to match. i don't know what your particular job situation is, but if you're secure there and you have someone you think might be receptive, i'd probably push the issue-- they really should be able to come up with a more appropriate option for pumping than a storage closet. i understand if there really isn't 'real estate' so to speak for a room for pumping, but if there is, and it would just require some work to set something up, i think you should push for them to do it-- for the mamas to be in your office too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
and yeah, yay for pumping, and smart for trying to make sure you have a comfortable place.
 
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