How were YOU supported by your employer?
Please submit your story below about how you were supported to breastfeed by your employer, or how this support made all the difference for you.
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Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier." Stories will be compiled and displayed at the bottom of this page in real time—you can choose below to remain anonymous, if desired. The stories will call attention to the need for support now, while also creating a resource for future breastfeeding advocacy efforts.
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|91||Thu Sep 19 14:01:14 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Clinton, AR||When my youngest daughter was born I was working for the AR Dept of Health as a Public Health Nurse (RN) in a local health unit. Because I had a supportive supervisor that understand the importance More....|
|90||Mon Aug 26 12:57:13 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Manchester, MO||As a new mom, I cannot emphasize enough the need for a support system while breastfeeding. If it had not been for my husband, family, friends, and lactation consultants, I would have quit the first week. More....|
|89||Tue Aug 13 10:49:32 EDT 2013||Rose Bonaccorso||Fairport, NY||After my first child was born I changed jobs so I could remain home until he was 4 months old, he was exclusively BF, when i returned to work it was full time, he would not drink from a bottle at first, More....|
|88||Mon Aug 05 14:59:42 EDT 2013||Rebecca Maloney||Mandan, ND||The employer I had when my first daughter was born was incredible. I was able to take 90 days of leave, with about 60 of it paid, thanks in part to the flexibility they offered me in hours to save up my More....|
|87||Fri May 10 11:24:08 EDT 2013||Emily Lindsey||Merced, CA||I worked for a mid-size non-profit right after my second daughter was born. They understood that the job required travel throughout our area as I did trainings and meetings and allowed me to bring my baby More....|
|86||Sun Jan 20 19:26:49 EST 2013||Anonymous||Andover, MN||I worked for a very small company when my first child was born. I was the first woman in the office to need a room for expressing my milk. My employer provided a private office for me and gave me as More....|
|85||Thu Nov 15 12:25:42 EST 2012||Dagmara Kalinowski||wheeling, IL||My employer provides nursing rooms, but more importantly the fact that my manager understood the benefits and importance of breasfeeding that I was able to nurse for as long as I wanted while working full-time. More....|
|84||Thu Oct 18 11:33:30 EDT 2012||Michelle DeLeon||Dinuba, CA||I work for a local government agency that supports and advocates breastfeeding. They were and still are very supportive of my breastfeeding. My first son I breastfed for 14 months and I returned to work More....|
|83||Wed Aug 29 09:02:31 EDT 2012||Rae Hatten||Manhattan, KS||I work for a large retail corporation. I have learned that I am in charge of making sure I get in all my breaks, but they have let me use the managers' offices for the use of pumping. All the men I work More....|
|82||Wed Jul 18 23:05:26 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Remer, MN||I was a very fortunate mother. With my first son in the late 90's and with my second son in the early 00's. I was a nurse in long-term care the first time, and was provided a private office to pump at More....|
|81||Fri Jun 15 16:22:17 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Birmingham, AL||My employer, a large research university, had recently opened a few lactation rooms on campus when I had my child. I was very excited (and glad for the breaks) when it was time to trek to the next More....|
|80||Thu Jun 14 15:18:46 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Raleigh, NC||When my daughter was about a year old, I started a new job. The offices were new construction, and I was told there would not be a fridge in the break room for several weeks. I knew I would need a fridge More....|
|79||Fri May 04 12:18:03 EDT 2012||Chelsea Mueller||la marque, TX||My company, American National Insurance, was generous enough to allow me to take a day off each Wednesday for the first 9 weeks (after I returned from maternity leave) to allow me to continue nursing. More....|
|78||Mon Apr 16 16:01:08 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Stone Mountain, GA||My employer, HealthConnect One, advocates for breastfeeding in word and deed. I had time and every convenience to express and store my milk at work and even my baby to the office with me when necessary. More....|
|77||Wed Mar 28 13:14:40 EDT 2012||Laura Isabel Serna||Long Beach, CA||As a young scholar on the academic job market with a nursing infant I had been scared by advice not to mention my infant or nursing to prospective employers (university departments). I had even More....|
|76||Fri Feb 10 16:03:18 EST 2012||erin yorker||Temple Terrace, FL||My employer has been amazing. My work is mostly on the road in and clients' homes, so most of my pumping is done in my car while driving, but I have had to pump in office as well, and during conferences More....|
|75||Fri Feb 10 09:34:40 EST 2012||Anonymous||Louisville, KY||I work for a local government agency and there is a lot of support for breastfeeding, including a policy for providing time and space to pump during work. While I was pregnant, my manager made sure I More....|
|74||Wed Feb 01 05:29:55 EST 2012||Ruth Piatak||TULSA, OK||With son #1, I had on-campus daycare. When I picked him up after classes, I sat cross-legged to nurse him on one side and pump with a manual Lloyd-B pump on the other. I'd leave the bottle for the More....|
|73||Wed Feb 01 01:25:51 EST 2012||Anonymous||FPO , AE||Being in the military, I had to advocate for myself and breastfeeding...I used time management to get the minutes to pump for my baby. I pumped in locker rooms, aboard ships in berthings with strangers More....|
|72||Tue Jan 31 20:49:54 EST 2012||Anonymous||Bergen, NY||When I was pregnant, I approached my principal (I teach) about how pumping would work and ensuring that I would have time to do so. She laughed and said, "I hope you don't think we would arrange More....|
|71||Tue Jan 31 19:04:52 EST 2012||Hannah Barnhorn||Kettering, OH||As one of the first in my department to be an exclusive breastfeeder/pumper, I don't think my supervisor knew what to do and how to work my schedule at first. This was especially true when the lactation More....|
|70||Tue Jan 31 18:29:40 EST 2012||Mitzi Rose||Churchville, NY||I had my third child in 2011. Previously most of us (employees) had “solved our own problem” when it came to pumping at work. We were directly supported by managers and usually found space somewhere More....|
|69||Tue Jan 31 16:47:17 EST 2012||Liz Fraser||Walla walla, WA||I was living in NY when I had my 3 children. I went back to work waiting tables when I was about 8 weeks postpartum. Restaurant work is not at all conducive to developing a pumping schedule, but I was More....|
|68||Tue Jan 31 15:26:18 EST 2012||Karla Nunnally||TINLEY PARK, IL||As a pharmacist for a retail chain, it can be difficult to even take a break, let alone leave the pharmacy for anything such as using the bathroom. By law in Illinois, where I practice, a pharmacist must More....|
|67||Fri Jan 20 14:46:44 EST 2012||Heather Preston||Salisbury, MD||I work for a local hospital with immediate access to a lactation consultant. I was given as much time as needed to pump in a comfortable setting with access to cleaning materials for my pump as well as More....|