Jodi - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )
Here is a recent article here in Australia, and I am just interested in thoughts.
Working mother's breastfeeding ordeal
A WOMAN employed by the New South Wales Police Force was forced to work overtime for every minute she spent expressing breastmilk for her child.
The police intelligence analyst, who can only be identified as Sarah for security reasons, was also banned from using morning and afternoon tea breaks because they were "discretionary" and she was denied the use of accumulated leave.
Complaint documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph claim Sarah's repeated requests for hours that suited her childcare needs were rejected and she had to record the time spent expressing milk at work on her timesheet.
She was refused a private room and instead was made to use either an unlockable and "unclean" interview room - where she was interrupted by police officers - or a toilet cubicle.
Eventually she had no choice but to express milk in her car in the carpark, but because of her "great embarrassment" she drove home and fed the baby.
When she returned she was made to work for the time she had been gone.
The Public Service Association claimed yesterday the woman was one of thousands of new mothers in the public service who were being denied proper facilities for breastfeeding in violation of the Government's own policy.
The Association will launch action in the industrial court today demanding that the Government finally uphold the policy.