Woman Unapologetic for Pumping Despite Backlash From Colleagues

Being a working mom in today's world is no easy task and not one to be taken lightly.

Redditor @Ok_Control_3241 is getting some heat for apparently sharing too much information. She wonders if the overshare is justified.

Here's The Story

OP is a nursing mom. When she returned to work, she had her own office and would simply “shut the door” when she needed time to herself so she could pump discreetly.

OP says at first, everything was fine. She'd shut the door and do her pumping. Then, people would start stopping by, knocking, jiggling the door handle, and even making requests through her closed door.

This made pumping so stressful, which obviously isn't good for the nursing mother, she eventually had enough.

Now, she puts out an explicit sign that lets anyone who stops by her office know that she's pumping and needs 15 minutes to herself.

She says that it has dramatically reduced the number of disruptions she gets but that it has also come with complaints from a couple of coworkers who've said it's “too much information” and makes them uncomfortable.

OP is now wondering whether she's TA for telling everyone she's pumping.

Redditors Agree

@Temporary-Moose-6933 wants to know how old OP's colleagues are. “NTA….for goodness sake are your coworkers 6 years old?”

@PublicRedditor agrees. “Wait until they find out where they came from and how!”

@granite34 has a unique take on where babies come from.

“my parents were virgins and i was delivered by a stork!!! lol”

@Beneficial-Math-2300 shared a cute story about finding out “how to get babies.”

“When I was about 3 years old, I asked my dad, ‘How do you get babies?' He said, ‘Well, in your mother's case, all it takes is a warm smile and a hearty handshake. LOL”

@Pollythepony figures is a 7 year-old can figure it out, adults need to grow up.

“Our 6 and now 7 year old can understand I am busy and he needs to entertain himself for a short while… these coworkers are just awful. OP, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If you put up a sign and there are less disturbances I would go with that.

And go to HR that you are feeling discriminated as a nursing mother. I don’t know what the law in your country says but in some (like mine) employers are forced to have a room for nursing mothers with a lock and fridge.

And you are allowed to pump in your employer’s time until your baby is 9 months (after that you can still pump in your breaks).


In The End

In the United States and several other countries, the rights of nursing mothers are protected by law. Every nursing mother should learn what is and isn't protected under the laws that govern nursing in public. What would you have done in OP's situation?

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