Approaching the boss

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Approaching the boss
Thu, 07-20-2006 - 7:33pm

I go back to work in 4 weeks, and I want to have all my pumping situation worked out before I go back.

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Registered: 01-07-2004
Thu, 07-20-2006 - 8:47pm

Don't have much time, but wanted to give you this link:

Here are a few quotes from it that talk about California and the BF working mom:

THE BEST, LONG-TERM RESPONSE TO THE ISSUE OF BREASTFEEDING and working is legislation dealing with this issue. At present, only the state of Minnesota has passed a law requiring employers to reasonably accommodate breastfeeding mothers, providing them with break time and a room to express milk. California enacted a joint resolution of the legislature that calls on all employers to support and encourage working mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, recognizing that it benefits the employer as well as the mother and baby.

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IN ALL SITUATIONS, TAKE A FRIENDLY, helpful, cooperative attitude. This will work much better than threatening to sue. Provide accurate information about the current medical recommendations and about breastfeeding's economic benefits. Look to see if your local or state breastfeeding task force has information on educating employers. Feel free to share information about Congresswoman Maloney's pending federal bill; you can download it at:* Tell them also about California's 1999 Assembly Concurrent Resolution, which contains information about why employers should encourage working mothers to breastfeed. Go to, and look for the "legislation button." You can search; for ACR 155 and the name "Lempert."**


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Registered: 06-17-2004
Thu, 07-20-2006 - 11:07pm

I think that I would go to HR. Before I had my baby we didn't have "privacy rooms" as they call them where I work but a girl had her baby before me and she went to HR about them. Luckily they had them in place when I came back from maternity leave. The best situation would be a chair, a table, an outlet and a sink. But worse case scenario, you could pump in your car if you had to. That was my plan B if they didn't get the rooms.

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Registered: 06-05-2006
Fri, 07-21-2006 - 1:09pm
I would definitely talk to HR because they are more on top of helping employees with things.

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