Many mothers have found themselves sitting atop a porcelain throne while pumping away. It's no fun, it's undoubtedly dirtier than most places, and it's just overall not cool. Because unless you're in a nice bathroom at a fancy hotel, pumping on the potty sucks. Heck, even if you're in a nice restroom it still sucks. If you find yourself in a potty-pumping situation there are some ways to do it that are cleaner and more comfortable. Learning some of these helpful tips for pumping in a bathroom stall is neither ideal nor the greatest solution to the problem, but it's still helpful. And helping mothers feed their babies should be top priority.
If you find yourself in this situation at work, know that you don't have to pump in a bathroom stall. In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, employers have to provide break time for nursing mothers and a clean place for them to pump (other than a bathroom), as explained on the National Conference of State Legislatures website. If you feel more comfortable pumping in a bathroom, then that's totally your preference, but know you're entitled to a space that is not a bathroom or unsafe utility closet.
Unfortunately, traveling mothers, emergency workers, and even news reporters don't have a regular office. In this case, sometimes bathrooms are the most private places available to them. That's where these seven tips come into play. By applying these tips to your — unfortunate — stall feeding session, you can create a space that's more sanitary for your liquid gold and more comfortable for you.