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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?!

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    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/

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    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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    CA has a great resource for breastfeeding & pumping when you return to work. Even if you aren't in CA, there is great language here to help you figure out how to tell your colleague that pumping is a critical part of childcare, pregnancy and childbirth. https://www.worklawyers.net/breastfeeding-employment-laws-california/

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