LOG IN
Baby Registry Finder
First TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird TrimesterPregnancy week by weekPregnancy showersBest of baby list
Toddler Month by Month
profile picture of Jessica Shortall
Jessica Shortall
Contributing Writer

Pumping at Work: the Etiquette Guide Your Co-workers Need

Making milk for a baby while at work is awkward. Some people even find it disgusting. So it's important that we make sure we are all acting in a way that makes our co-workers comfortable. But even more importantly, our co-workers need to know how to react to a pumping mom. I've pulled together seven helpful tips to ensure pain-free interaction between all parties.

  1. If you see a co-worker with her breast pump bag, smile and wave as normal. Refrain from making “milk the cow” motions with your hands.
  2. If you’re in the office kitchen when a co-worker is washing out her pump parts and it freaks you out, think about where that cow’s milk you just squirted into your coffee came from. I mean, really think about it.
  3. If your workplace has a dedicated lactation room, don’t take a nap or a conference call in there. Total a-hole move. And don’t put any pictures of cows on the door.
  4. If your co-worker leaks breast milk through her blouse, discreetly offer her your jacket or scarf, and never speak of it again.
  5. If you walk in on a woman who is amazingly making food for her baby, don’t take out your cell phone and take a photo of her.
  6. Make sure break times are fair. No one deserves special treatment, so if you, too, are making essential food for a baby, ask for break time.
  7. Bathrooms are for peeing and pooping and checking Facebook on your phone during the workday. Help your co-worker find somewhere else to make food for her baby.

Sharing is caring!

xoxo

Jessica

PHOTO: Jessica Shortall