How did you advocate for your right to pump at work?
Even with supportive breastfeeding laws, many women are put into the position of initiating conversations about how to make time for pumping when they return from maternity leave. See how one breastfeeding soldier proactively mapped out a pumping schedule and educated her employer about breastfeeding in the workplace.
Know the laws. “Before approaching my superiors, I looked up the state and federal laws around pumping at work. Having that knowledge gave me the confidence to have that conversation.”
Lead the way. “Not everyone will understand why breastfeeding is important. It’s important to stay confident and determined. You might even be able to educate them.”
Use the tools. “At first, I felt demoralized by having to use a nipple shield. But it worked and eventually we didn’t need it anymore. You don’t need to feel guilty about using breastfeeding tools.”
Connect with other moms. “As a military family that moves around a lot, I reached out to mom groups and other nursing military moms for support.”
Stay determined. “If there’s one thing the Army taught me, it’s that being determined will see you through. Challenges are likely, but being determined can help you figure out solutions.”