We’ve all heard the “bad” and the “ugly” stories about breastfeeding and work—women pumping in cars and closets, getting walked in on topless (please knock!), or having someone accidentally throw out your breast milk when they clean the communal fridge (why?!). It can be easy to get bogged down by these types of workplace stories. However, the good stories are just as important to share—and they’re more plentiful than you may think. Over the past six years, Dr. Katherine Johnson and her student research assistants have heard a lot of good stories from Louisiana women (as well as bad and ugly ones…) through her Working & Nursing Study. Here are a few examples of how bosses and coworkers have helped out breastfeeding employees.
I moved to the US at the end of 2015, having been fortunate enough to work for a large multinational company for 15 years, who had a number of family friendly policies that enabled me to have my two daughters and a successful career as an engineer, achieving a Directorship.
Many of us are familiar with the idea of a “chilly climate” at work. This concept, originally used by Hall and Sandler, describes the notion that certain work or educational institutions have a general feeling that is hostile or unwelcoming to women (maybe doubly so for non-white women). This chilly climate may prevent them from moving ahead with educational or career aspirations, or from fully participating in their workplace.
Thanksgiving- a time for a great feast spent with loved ones and family. As Americans, we build up ALL year to this one particular day where we indulge and enjoy annual traditions, is it any surprise that the pressure for Thanksgiving to be perfect is so high?
If you’re a working, breastfeeding mom, chances are you’re all too aware of the hunt for a place to express breastmilk during the day, if you’re not lucky enough to have your own private office. We’ve all heard the bad stories about where women pump in a pinch: inside cars and supply closets, locker rooms and shared break rooms, or sometimes the office of a sympathetic coworker. Finding a decent space to pump can be challenging.
Fortunately, it is not hard to make a nice lactation room!
Let’s set the scene: You have a vacation coming up and you are looking forward to it. You desperately need to unwind and check out. You did your research on the best time to take off at work and everything seems to be going according to plan. However, at the very last minute, an emergency pops up.