Mom "mooed" while pumping at work
When will the discrimination against breastfeeding mothers stop?
According to People.com
, an Oregan mother, Monica Van De Pitte, has settled a gender and discrimination case against her former workplace, claiming she was "mooed" at by co-workers while pumping breastmilk in a supply room. It was the only space available for her to do so. On top of all this someone placed a picture of a cow on the door of the supply room. She said she was so upset by the harassment that she found it hard to compose herself in order to pump anything at all.
My first reaction to this was "How old
are you?" because is there anything more immature than mooing at a woman who is trying to provide the best for her child? When I came back to work, my son was 4 months old and still exclusively breastfed
. Before coming back to work I had built up a supply but that wasn't going to last forever. Luckily for me there was a small kitchen that I was able to lock and pump in comfort. I kept my pumped milk in a lunch cooler bag so no one even knew what was in there.
Another co-worker, also a mother, warned Monica that she should keep her pumped milk hidden because co-workers would find it gross. Why is breastmilk considered gross? Think about it, if it was dirty a mother wouldn't feed it to her child?
My mind honestly boggles at people's attitude toward breastfeeding
and in particular, pumping. In order to get the most out of pumping you'd have to pump whenever your baby is meant to feed and also, you need to be relaxed. Your body doesn't do well under stress. So I can just imagine how hard it would be for this mother to try and pump in a hostile environment.
I find it annoying for all the "breast is best" rhetoric that keeps getting thrown around and then this is the attitude that breastfeeding mothers face. What do you think about pumping in the workplace?Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.