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I recently came back to work after my maternity leave.

I recently came back to work after my maternity leave. It's a busy job, and I've been squeezing in pumping breaks in between meetings. Yesterday, my coworker actually asked to come into the pumping room to discuss a project since she couldn't find time on my calendar. How do I explain that this is NOT OK?!

Fairygodboss member Anonymous

  • Fairygodboss member

    Could you offer to talk to your co-worker say over lunch, or call her during your commute? Maybe she doesn’t understand what pumping entails (usually being half-naked and trying to think milky thoughts about your baby)? Sounds like you are trying really hard to be professional and polite with this person - I probably would have just said “no, dude.”

  • Fairygodboss member

    Did you combine your CFRA leave (baby bonding) with FMLA leave? If not you should check out https://recovermywages.com/fmla-medical-leave-in-california/

  • Fairygodboss member

    Some things are just private and pumping is one such thing. Pumping in front of your co-worker is not like pumping in front of your bestie or your sister... explain that for you this is like going to the toilet, t's private and you need to be relaxed when you pump. I'm pretty sure she'll get the hint.

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