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Oh my gosh, I feel so bad for you. I also had an uncomfortable time pumping at work. I worked in an operations center and we literally weren't allowed to leave for the whole shift. Sometimes I had to pump in a 1 stall bathroom and sometimes in a conference room that didn't lock and I got walked in on all the time. Luckily, although i worked with all guys, they teased me mercilessly but in the end were really cool with what I was doing.
Anyway, I just wanted to say "stay strong". And did you check with employee health yourself to make sure the correct information got back to you? I also was pretty sure breastmilk didn't need any special handling or special fridge.
I hate that you have to deal with a few of those coworkers. That's ridiculous. I would complain if it were me! They are exactly why we have such poor breastfeeding rates in this country.
I don't usually complain about stuff, I am super non-confrontational, but I totally agree that you should contact HR. And it's probably better to hide your milk (maybe lock it in a container) because that lady's such a spazz and you don't want her messing with it. She should definitely receive a warning for how she's acted and if she continues to harass you, she should be written up.
Thank you Quantum_Leap for the gorgeous siggy!!
Really? The employee fridge can't hold bmilk? We have a separate fridge dedicated for patient bmilk, separate from the med fridge and patient food fridge, but I've never even thought about the fact that maybe it couldn't be put in the employee fridge. It's not like you're putting an open cup of bmilk in there. If you can't use teh employee fridge, where does infection control/employee health suggest you put it? I'm sure you wouldn't be able to keep in in the bmilk fridge in OB since you are an employee and not a patient. Hmm. Interesting.