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Breast Pumping in the Bathroom -- Not Cool?

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Working moms are often forced to pump in the restroom.

bathroom with breast pumping station sign on door

Public breastfeeding in not illegal, yet most new moms try to find a discreet place to do it -- especially at work. Often the only place available is the ladies room.

Yesterday a letter to Dear Abby voiced the frustration one mom had with being relegated to a bathroom stall to provide sustenance for her baby.

DEAR ABBY: I am a new mom who works in a high-tech start-up company that does not provide a mother's room. I'm the first employee here to have a baby. The corporate plaza in which my office is located also doesn't provide one. Therefore, I must resort to using the restroom to pump my breast milk, which must be done every few hours.

Some of the women using the restroom have wondered aloud about the "weird noise" they hear, while others walk back and forth searching for the source of the "sound."

How should I respond to them? Using the restroom is not my choice, but it is the only option I have because I plan to breastfeed my baby for as long as I can.
-- PRIVACY PLEASE IN SANTA CLARA, CALIF.

Abby's solution? "Consider printing a sign you can tape to the door of the stall you occupy that reads: 'Breast Pumping Station.' It will stop the questions and save you from yelling out, 'It's my breast pump!'" says the advice columnist.

That might solve the problem of being uncomfortable in the bathroom, but isn't another question whether the most unsanitary place imaginable is a good place to pump in the first place?

Is pumping in public OK? Sound off in the momlogic community!




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