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    Default Jury Duty while breastfeeding

    I've been selected for jury duty next Feb and DD will be 7 months old at the time.

    I'm keen to do the jury duty (crazy I know!), I've always wanted to do it and this is the first time I've been selected.

    The issue is DD is breastfed. She will drink formula ok and I can find someone to look after her while I'm at jury duty but I'm worried my milk will dry up and/or I'll get mastitis, etc. Expressing has never really gone well for me and I'm not sure that would be an option in court.

    Has anyone else done jury duty while breastfeeding and if so, so did you manage it?

    Also having a breastfed baby doesn't seem to be one of the options to get out of jury duty...!?!?

    Thanks!

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    Every time I have been selected I wasn't able to due to breastfed baby. They always accepted that as a valid reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    Every time I have been selected I wasn't able to due to breastfed baby. They always accepted that as a valid reason.
    I personally think it is a valid reason but I believe they are stricter now.

    Like you OP I would be keen to do jury duty (watch too much law and order I think). But I would also be hesitant with having a 7 month old still BF and having issues with expressing.

    Is there a number on the form you can call with your concerns?

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    Unfortunately it's not (I rang and asked - this was in WA - 1 year ago - other states may be different)but I think there's an option to defer jury duty for another time within 6 months (not that that time period always helps).

    I did jury duty a year ago and although you get breaks I couldn't imagine having enough time to pump etc - also if you are in deliberation, you are basically in one room so not sure how you would go with privacy? I was lucky as I had just stopped feeding DS but there was an awkward moment when we were in lock down and it got to 6pm and Childcare was closing and I couldn't have access to a phone to call for someone to pick him up - so my tip is make sure you have someone to do pick ups - oops).

    Interested to find out from other hubbers if they know/have experience.

    Hope you can find some answers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbleyhorse View Post
    Unfortunately it's not (I rang and asked - this was in WA - 1 year ago - other states may be different)but I think there's an option to defer jury duty for another time within 6 months (not that that time period always helps).

    I did jury duty a year ago and although you get breaks I couldn't imagine having enough time to pump etc - also if you are in deliberation, you are basically in one room so not sure how you would go with privacy? I was lucky as I had just stopped feeding DS but there was an awkward moment when we were in lock down and it got to 6pm and Childcare was closing and I couldn't have access to a phone to call for someone to pick him up - so my tip is make sure you have someone to do pick ups - oops).

    Interested to find out from other hubbers if they know/have experience.

    Hope you can find some answers!
    Ahh deferring sounds perfect. I'm starting back at work when DD is 12 months old so I was going to start weaning her off day feeds at about 10-11 months anyway.

    I'll call the court house to see if that's possible.

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    I was recently selected and I rang and asked since I have a 2yo and have no one who can look after her what I could do. They said I could ask for a deferral and state why and they'll send a new notice when you've selected your deferral date and you can ask for a second deferral if your situation hasn't changed and they'll remove you from service for that time.

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    I put "breastfeeding mother" on my form last year and they let me off. I got another one six months later and was still BF'ing, but had also gone back to work so got my supervisor to write me a letter.

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    I would put "breastfeeding mother, can't be separated from baby" down.

    It's a very valid reason - your baby needs to eat..... No need to mention the fact that your baby does happen to take bottles and formula etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wobbleyhorse View Post
    Unfortunately it's not (I rang and asked - this was in WA - 1 year ago - other states may be different)but I think there's an option to defer jury duty for another time within 6 months (not that that time period always helps).

    I did jury duty a year ago and although you get breaks I couldn't imagine having enough time to pump etc - also if you are in deliberation, you are basically in one room so not sure how you would go with privacy? I was lucky as I had just stopped feeding DS but there was an awkward moment when we were in lock down and it got to 6pm and Childcare was closing and I couldn't have access to a phone to call for someone to pick him up - so my tip is make sure you have someone to do pick ups - oops).

    Interested to find out from other hubbers if they know/have experience.

    Hope you can find some answers!
    I want to know about your case!!

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    yep if you ring them they will tell you how to defer it.

    You can then do it later when you are no longer breastfeeding. (In WA anyway) they changed the rules a couple of years ago and many of the reasons that previously were allowable no longer are allowed as too many people were not doing jury duty.

    Now they say if you have a reason like breastfeeding, you can only defer and nominate a time when you CAN do it. You cannot defer a second time, you must do it then.

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