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    Hi ladies. I've been trying to do some research on expressing breastmilk while at work. Specifically, what are the legal requirements regarding "nursing mother facilities" that employers have to adhere to.

    I'm having trouble finding anything other that "employers have to consider the breastfeeding mothers needs" and "at this point in time legislation does not safeguard a woman's right to take lactation breaks".

    Now my employer is pretty flexible with taking lactation breaks. But I think the nursing mothers room at one of its facilities is inadequate:
    - it is not entirely private. There is a glass panel near the door with partial frosting. If someone was to walk reasonably close past the glass panel they could potentially see in. This forces a nursing mother to cram themselves in a corner of the room which is furthest away from the glass panel. This also means a provided table can not be used.
    - there is no fridge in the room for storing breastmilk. You are required to use a communal lunch room fridge and we all know hygienic they can be.

    If you express at work what are your facilities like?

    Does anyone know what the legal requirements are?

    Thanks...

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    Default Expressing at work: suitable facilities

    Is there another room that would be more suitable than the one they have said you can use?

    They are not obliged to spend money on creating a totally private room. I think most people would agree that frosted glass is private enough (this is what is at my office).

    At my work employees also have to use the communal fridge. I think it is reasonable to ask for a small fridge in the room in which women express in, but the employer is not legally obliged to say yes under the current legislation.

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    Default Expressing at work: suitable facilities

    I used to sit at my desk with a muslin wrap for privacy!

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    i went out to the back dock near the fridge ( and turned away from the security camera) expressed then stored the milk in the back fridge with the beer. wasn't the best situation but i had to work nights at the pub as dh worked during the day and we couldn't afford daycare so we tag-teamed.

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    Default Expressing at work: suitable facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Is there another room that would be more suitable than the one they have said you can use?

    They are not obliged to spend money on creating a totally private room. I think most people would agree that frosted glass is private enough (this is what is at my office).

    At my work employees also have to use the communal fridge. I think it is reasonable to ask for a small fridge in the room in which women express in, but the employer is not legally obliged to say yes under the current legislation.
    The room I described is the 'designated facility.' There are no other private rooms that are available.

    The problem with the frosting is that it only covers about 65% of the glass panel. I'm thinking they could afford $100 for a plastic pull down blind...

    Legislation sucks ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Bboys View Post
    I used to sit at my desk with a muslin wrap for privacy!
    Whaaatttt? Did you have a super quiet pump?

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    Can't hurt to ask for a blind! I work in HR and I would definitely advise the company to pay that.

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    Default Expressing at work: suitable facilities

    Quote Originally Posted by InSaneOne View Post
    i went out to the back dock near the fridge ( and turned away from the security camera) expressed then stored the milk in the back fridge with the beer. wasn't the best situation but i had to work nights at the pub as dh worked during the day and we couldn't afford daycare so we tag-teamed.
    Good on you for expressing under those circumstances!

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    Default Expressing at work: suitable facilities

    I work for government and our policy says it must be a lockable private room with a table and fridge. I have not expressed at work but there is provision to take breaks to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Whaaatttt? Did you have a super quiet pump?
    Manual advent all the way. I hate those electric ones!


 

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