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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

    Deal with it or quit.

  • Fairygodboss member

    I am not sure if I'm missing something here or not, but I'm going to say that you don't have to actually explain anything. Part of empowering women is empowering them to say no without more of an explanation than that. If you wanted to add your personal information to that, that's up to you, but your pumping breaks are your Personal Time. Just like any other Bio-break. Ask her if she'd like you to schedule the meeting for adjoining stalls in the Ladies Room?

  • 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.”

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