If you're a breastfeeding mom who works outside the home, then you know the following statement to be true: breast pumping is the irrefutable worst. I can't stand it, but because I want and can breastfeed my son I find myself spending hours breast pumping at work. And while I'm privileged to work for an employer that supports breastfeeding parents, I have endured my fair share of awkward breast pumping moments. The worst, of course, being the moment someone walked in on me when I was breast pumping.
It's not like I'm ashamed of pumping, or feel guilty for taking that time out of my work day. After all, my employer is legally required to accommodate me and my breastfeeding needs, and I know how lucky I am to be able to breastfeed at all. It's just that whipping out your boobs in the middle of the work day to attach them to a machine designed to suck literal fluids out of you is a little, you know, weird. Like, objectively when you think about it, it just sounds kind of ridiculous. So the last thing I want is my coworkers or superiors walking in on me when I'm vulnerable and pumping and collecting milk for my child.
Look, accidents happen and no one is above making them. I should have locked the door, for example, so it would have said "occupied" and the poor soul that accidentally walked in on me would know that someone was using the pumping room. But I didn't, and what transpired as a result of that mishap was nothing short of humiliating. It also warranted the following responses: