Today, I was minding my own business at work and using a free conference room to pump. (I’m set on continuing to breastfeed, so since I’m away from Wesley all day I have to pump at work in order to have something to feed him while he’s at daycare.)
None of the conference rooms at work have locks, so I have a couple of large “DO NOT DISTURB” signs that I tape on the door before I go in. So far, this has worked nicely. Many people at work know what I’m up to (more or less) so they steer clear. Plus, they are typically nice people who respect that kind of signage.
However, mid-pumping session this afternoon, I noticed a shadow in front of the translucent door. Before I had time to think, I observed the door sliding open and managed to yelp, “AAAAHH!!! DON’T COME IN!!!”
This did not deter the door-slider.
The door-slider – who turned out to be the VP of Sales – poked his head in the room, noticed me, remarked “Oh! Sorry.” and then left.
What part of “DO NOT DISTURB” and “AAAAHH!!! DON’T COME IN!!!” is unclear?! Did he really need to see me (and presumably my boobs, and my pumping apparatus) to realize THIS CONFERENCE ROOM IS OCCUPIED? BY SOMEONE WITH THEIR BOOBS OUT? WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE DISTURBED?
People baffle me sometimes.
(This is a great, multi-part (1, 2, 3) article on what it’s like (humiliating! embarrassing!) for women to pump at work and the effort and sacrifices it takes to do it. This is another multi-part (1, 2, 3, 4) article on what it’s like and what your options are for pumping at work. Part 3 is especially relevant for me.)