Friday, July 8, 2011

Pumpin' & Workin'

Balancing work and pumping is not easy, especially if you have a day filled with meetings. I’m an Engineer so my days vary… sometimes I am in the lab doing bench evaluation, at times I am in my cube in front of my notebook typing away, or I am in my team meetings.  My day to day really varies. My company has lactation rooms throughout our campus.  In fact, I found out from our Security the company's goal is to have one in almost all the buildings.

Unfortunately, they are still doing construction so not all the buildings have one. For the particular lactation room I am using, there are 4 other women sharing the room! So far, we’ve all been able to schedule our pumping sessions with each others schedules. We just send out an email telling each other we are using the LR (Lactation Room) and email when we are done.  I try to pump every 3 hours depending on my schedule that day, but there are days when I can't stick to the 3 hour schedule.  The lactation room provided by my company is just one room with a table and a chair.  I bought some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for the lactation room so other mothers using the room can also use it. I think these items are a must for every lactation room to ensure it's sanitary for pumping milk.

You should know your State laws when it comes to breastfeeding and work.  In the State I live in, California, we have a law that requires a company to provide a lactation room for mothers.

1030.  Every employer, including the state and any political
subdivision, shall provide a reasonable amount of break time to
accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the
employee's infant child. The break time shall, if possible, run
concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee.
Break time for an employee that does not run concurrently with the
rest time authorized for the employee by the applicable wage order of
the Industrial Welfare Commission shall be unpaid.

1031.  The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide the
employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a
toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee's work area, for the
employee to express milk in private. The room or location may
include the place where the employee normally works if it otherwise
meets the requirements of this section.

1032.  An employer is not required to provide break time under this
chapter if to do so would seriously disrupt the operations of the

1033.  (a) An employer who violates any provision of this chapter
shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred
dollars ($100) for each violation.
   (b) If, upon inspection or investigation, the Labor Commissioner
determines that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Labor
Commissioner may issue a citation. The procedures for issuing,
contesting, and enforcing judgments for citations or civil penalties
issued by the Labor Commissioner for violations of this chapter shall
be the same as those set forth in Section 1197.1.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, violations
of this chapter shall not be misdemeanors under this code.

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