If your place of work employs more than 50 people, it is required under the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide you with a space too pump. This space must be private and cannot be a bathroom. Even if you’re one of the first at your work to have a child and require accommodations to pump, you’re setting yourself on a path to be able to pave the way for future pumping moms at your work.
If you work for a smaller company, it’s important that you still advocate for yourself and other women at your work. While companies with less than 50 people don’t have to accommodate pumping moms, any company that wants to retain female employees will do their best to help their employees during this season of their life.
Here is how you can help guide your work toward creating the best pumping space possible for you and any other pumping moms at your work.
Ask for a door that locks and a do not disturb sign for the door. No one wants their co-workers to barge in on them pumping. If your place of work can’t provide a lock, request a note from HR to go out to the entire team that clearly explains why the room exists and proper etiquette for entering the room.
Pumping usually takes 15-20 minutes. For those 15-20 minutes you should be as comfortable as possible so you get the most milk. it’s been proven that the more relaxed you are the more milk you can pump. Ask HR to provide a comfortable leather chair. Leather is the best option because it’s durable and if any milk spills on it you can easily clean it up.
A Flat Surface With GFI Plugs
Breast pumps are expensive. Even if yours was covered by insurance, you don’t want to end up breaking it and having to get a replacement out of pocket. By having a flat, secure surface with a GFI plug next to it, you can easily get your pump set up and not have to worry about it being knocked over.
A Mini Fridge
Having a mini fridge nearby provides you with a place to store your milk until you go home and, as a bonus, you an store your pump parts in it so you don’t have to worry about washing and sterilizing them while at work.
You’ll want a sink nearby to be able to wash your hands and, if you need to, any pump parts that might fall on the ground or just need to be cleaned up.
Pumping isn’t easy, but most places of business will willingly accommodate a pumping mom instead of losing her as an employee. If your place of work hasn’t established a pumping room, now is the time to get with Human Resources and start collaborating on a room that meets the needs of you and other women you work with.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom in Maryland or Washington D.C. looking for an insurance covered breast pump, contact us. We’ll help you find the right pump for your needs and ensure we handle all the insurance red tape so you don’t have to.