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I just joined MDC and i just returned back to work last week at the nursing home. I work in a busy therapy department and i do not have my own private office. I am pumping at work and so far I have tried the bathroom (very small and hard to keep equipment sanitary)and even used the beauty shop space since it is only used 2 times a week and has a sink I can use.My nursing home administrator found out about the idea from the beauty shop lady and was completely against the idea and suggested to her I try using the men's bathroom (gross!) and per the beauty shop lady made the comment" We don't run a farm here" If the environment continues to be not supportive I am thinking of trying my car to pump. I have spoken to my immediate supervisor about the administrator's comments and explained that i am just looking for a clean place to pump and it takes only 10-15 minutes and she said she will talk to him about it but in the meantime i can pump in the therapy bathroom (which is bigger and way cleaner) Sorry to vent but today was very stressful. In my nursing home very few returning mothers pump, and are formula fed and those that do have their own offices. Any input would be appreciated<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I really hope you get some good advice from someone in a similar situation. Pumping in the bathroom just shouldn't be an option. My boss made that suggestion once and I said "I wouldn't eat in a bathroom and I don't want my baby to!" I would try the car before I did that. Is there any place in that you can screen off to use to pump? I do not have my own office but I use a screen to block off my desk when I am pumping. It has been working just great.<br><br>
Congratulations on your decision to pump! It can be so stressful and it certainly doesn't help not to have a comfortable, sanitary place to do it!<br><br>
Good luck and welcome to MDC!
 

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two ideas:<br>
1. I pump in my car for lack of a better place to do it. It sucks to have to turn my car on (I have a Pump in Style), but on the other hand I have my own music and I know no one is going ot walk in on me.<br><br>
2. are there any higher up people who have breastfed babies and might be able to help out? I'm a pt instructor at a community college. I share my office with six people. I reached out to someone I knew was still bf-ing her 3 year old and she offerred her office whenever I need it.<br><br>
one more idea -- is there a conference room?<br><br>
have you checked the patient list for former LLL leaders, maybe you could pump in a patient's room...just kidding.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s like starting to pump at work isn't stressful enough.<br><br>
I am all for them needing to provide you a clean sanitary place, but I know from experience with ds1 that doesn't always happen. I have found boiler rooms and laundry rooms in residential facilities to be better than I thought. Actually, the boiler room was toasty and never worried about anybody bothering me.<br><br>
I had a social worker offer me her office for pumping and took her up on it. I think I would use my car if no other options. Sorry you are dealing with this.
 

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I agree w/ you about the bathroom pumping- I don't eat in the bathroom or feed my baby in there so why would I pump in the bathroom? Our therapy room is pretty crowded except for lunchtime and late afternoon, which are the times i would be pumping so I can possibly put a divider in part of the therapy room.We do have lounges at the end of some of our hallways that do not get used all the time, and i can inquire. My immediate department is supportive and w/ my immediate supervisor advocating for me i hope my supervisor can smooth things out w/ this administrator. A little used men's restroom isn't the answer... I was shocked how unsupportive he was since he is a father of 5 and works in an almost all female environment, but the director of nursing was present when he made those comments and she also seemed indifferent according to my beauty shop co-worker. FYI, i am planning to call my lactation consultant to see if she has any input also on my situation. Thx ahead of time for all the MDC mommies who provide input.
 

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It is frightening how not only unsupportive people can be, but outright negative and mean. With ds1, I worked in a shelter for women and children and it was suggested that I leave my job because they didn't think pumping at work would be a good idea. WTF?!?! Worrying every day about where, how and when is stressful. It is always surprising to hear that people in helping professions have such negative views about pumping/bfeeding
 

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You have my sympathy, especially about the lack of support of your boss. You might want to point out that breastfed babies are sick a lot less than formula fed ones, so you hopefully won't be calling in sick as often!<br><br>
My pumping problem challenge is also about finding a place to pump - but since I WAH, the only time I need to pump is at my client's offices. I go into town one or two days a week (good weeks, 1x, bad weeks 2x). I am away from home for a minimum of 4 hours, so I often skip the pumping entirely. But since I tend to schedule lots of meetings - you know, to pack them in so I can get them out of the way - I am away from home sometimes from 8am - 4pm - needing at least two pumping sessions.<br><br>
But the lactation rooms (and they have at least one, I have been told) are for staff only. My client is a US Government agency and you need a badge to go unescorted around the building. I can use a wellness room in a private company's office (where a friend works) about 4 blocks away, but, of course, it is 4 blocks away.<br><br>
My solution so far is to pump in the bathrooms. In the foodcourt, there is one bathroom with a disabled stall with a sink, soap, etc. There is rarely anyone in the bathroom. I have a manual pump I use.<br><br>
It isn't perfect, but I figure for one day a week, I can handle it.
 

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i sadly, do pump in the bathroom<br><br>
i actually set up a chair there, and hang my pump in style on the doorknob. it is fairly large private bathroom, so i can keep everything away from anything unsanitary. none of my pump parts or anything touch anything but the little fold down pump in style table. my other options where my car (no good, b/c the parking lot is really busy), another building (but then i get a hard time b/c i'm gone so long), or my completely open to the world office (yeah right). so i use the bathroom and am just really careful.<br><br>
hope this helps.
 

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big hug to you.<br><br>
So far I have only found the bathroom as my only option here. It sucks.
 

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I actually enjoyed pumping in my car. I'd turn on the radio and read a magazine. I completely stopped thinking about work and took a real break. I did use one of those coverups, just in case someone walked by, but that rarely happened.
 

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Bathroom pumper here.<br><br>
I work for a big state agency that is supposed to have a lactation room but no one was using it so they started converted it to an office. They put a chair and a table in the private bathroom for me. I'm just dealing with it for now but I'm pretty unhappy about it.
 

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Hello,<br>
I started this thread and want to share w/ you my good pump day. I came to work w/ fresh eyes and was able to find 3 possible pumping spaces in the therapy room to pump- a large storage closet, the spacious therapy bathroom, and an area that hold our therapy machines w/ a patient mat table for our outpatients that can be curtained off. We have a portable room divider also I can utilize. Today I chose the outpatient area and even though there were patients being treated right next to me I had the privacy curtain up and was able to relax a bit and pump for 10 minutes, and I have access to 3 sinks in our department to clean out my pump parts. No one made any negative comments and the fact I work w/ all women in my department of which all except our supervisor have had children helps. Today my co-worker lent me her pumping adapter you can plug into the car's cigarette lighter I can try also when it gets warmer.<br>
My immediate supervisor hasn't gotten back to me about the administrator's comments and unsupportiveness but my game plan is to stay in my department to pump (and the nursing home administrator rarely visits our department ) and keep a low profile about it in the nursing home to other departments. This experience has just made me more committed to not give my baby formula and to make pumping at work work for me.
 

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I am glad you took the comments about the beauty shop not being a farm to a supervisor. That is completely uncalled for. Lots of others have suggested some good places. I pumped in my car when DD was a babe and I was working PT in a Bagel shop to make ends meet. In my last job I pumped in the womens restroom with my pump balanced on the tampon machine (luckily it was not a public restroom- and only the three women in my office used it).<br><br>
Mostly, I just wanted to let you know that you have my support. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Sometimes people can make something that should be so simple so hard.
 

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At work I had a lactation room I could use - two days a week. Not terribly helpful, that.<br><br>
So the other three days, I used my car. Just put old ratty towels in the side windows and a sunshade in the windshield.<br><br>
I work in a moderately high security facility, so I made sure to tell the security guards what I was doing. Blocking myself away from the security cameras might have made them nervous <g>. They put a notice up on their team bulletin board, just to remind everyone. Even so, two or three times I had a new guard come knocking on the window, asking what I was doing. Big smile - "pumping breastmilk for my baby". Response - oh. LOL Never a problem.<br><br>
Anyway, like I said, I actually liked using the car. The lactation room was boring - nothing to do but sit there and watch my breasts get sucked in and out of the machine. In the car, I'd either listen to the radio or a book on tape. I found I was much more relaxed, pumped longer, and actually got more milk out the days I was in the car.<br><br>
Oh, as for cleanliness, I wiped the pump parts down with alcohol swabs after each use, and then washed with soap and water at home. The milk went in a cooler on my desk. DD never seemed to suffer ill effects.<br><br>
I kept it up for 9 months, until DD weaned. While the headache of working pumping into my day was a constant aggravation, location was really a non-issue.
 

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I work at a school but am not back to work yet. I am stressed about the pumping situation because it seems the small single person bathroom maybe the only place. I have not talked to my boss yet buti don't see any other options. I may have to do the car.
 

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I pumped in a one-room bathroom (complete with sink and electrical outlet) two times a day for a whole year.<br>
It seems a bit daunting but it is possible...you will adjust and it is worth it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
P.S. Pumping in the car is also a possibility but you'll need a seperate place to wash your gear afterward which is why, for ease, it was easy to stick with one location...the one-room bathroom.
 

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Good for you!!! I work at a school and I used to pump in the storage closet for the gym equipment <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ! It had a desk, lamp and outlet so I was set. I kept a novel in my pump bag and just kept reading from where I left off the day before so I wouldn't get bored. There was always a small chance that someone with a key would walk in on me (though it only happened once) so I kept the bag up on the table and my shirt down so I was modest. Keep up the good work!
 

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I'm in CA and just about every company I have worked for had lactation rooms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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