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Anisa Arsenault
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These Are the Scariest Pumping Rooms in America

PUBLISHED ON 03/14/2017

Just about half of all new moms are breastfeeding by baby's 6-month mark. And closer to 60 percent of new moms return to work within baby's first year. What this means: There's a lot of pumping at work going on. And if we had to put a statistic on that, we'd have to guess that 0 percent of working, pumping moms enjoy it.

Tommee Tippee is hoping to change that, or at least offer working moms the best accommodations possible. Together with Scary Mommy, they've searched far and wide to find the worst pumping rooms in American workplaces. The very worst will receive a makeover.

Without further ado, here are the final four (company names are withheld):

Wondering how this is acceptable? The laws regarding pumping at work don't protect everyone equally. Since 2010, the Break Time For Nursing Mothers Law says that any company with over 50 employees must provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk" for up to a year after birth. But it only applies to hourly and wage-earning workers, not salaried employers. Those women are at the mercy of their individual state laws.

In reality, though, your pumping experience at work comes down to your company and your relationship with your manager. Tommee Tippee is hoping to incentivize corporate support of pumping by giving gear like a Pump and Go Complete Starter Set and bottles to the first 100 managers and business owners who take an online pledge to make positive changes to their pump rooms.

“Every breastfeeding mom who pumps at work deserves a clean, comfortable, and private space to pump breast milk for their baby,” Jenny Lockwood Mullaney, Vice President of Marketing for Tommee Tippee North America, says in a press release. “We’ve launched this search as a way to raise awareness of the issue, encourage employers to make improvements to their spaces and, ultimately, to make life easier for new moms heading back to work – whether that’s by renovating a pump room or providing a conversation starter for moms looking to have an actionable dialog with their employer about pump room improvements.”

Here's what you can do: Start by voting on the pumping room most deserving of a makeover. If you feel your company is not following applicable laws for pumping at work, you can file a complaint with the department of labor.

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