Welcome back to Parental Advisory, where I answer your online and IRL parenting etiquette questions with the keen wisdom of a lowly blogger. This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I'm answering a breastfeeding-in-the-workplace question. Who's pumped?! Er, excited?
Q: This is happening to me in real life and if I post it on FB I could potentially get in trouble as I can't do it anonymously. So, I'm telling you.
I work in a government research facility, in a lab, where we have strict rules about no food, drink or cosmetics allowed at our cubicles (because they are openly connected to the lab bench area where all the work happens). One of our lab members had a baby three months ago, and she just returned to work. Her husband is taking a month off now to stay home with said baby so they can prolong having to pay for childcare. Cool. She's breastfeeding as long as possible and will pump while at work. Also cool.
Today I walked past her open cubicle area in the lab, and I discovered her husband brought the baby into the lab so she can breastfeed in the lab, where the rest of us adults are not allowed to eat, drink or even apply chapstick. Her baby can drink milk from a breast, in the lab, where we do genetic research on human samples and can't even have water to drink at our desk.
I'm all for breastfeeding rights, but NO. If I can't drink water in this space because of potential contamination issues, you cannot breastfeed your baby in this space. As a side note, our office does have a separate room for nursing mothers.
Am I right or am I crazy?
– A Disgusted Scientist
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