Returning back to work after having a baby. Is anyone having my same problem?

User - posted on 07/29/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I had my baby back in February. I started a new job utilizing my Bachelor's degree in May. I love what I do, however I am having the most unpleasant experience with the work culture as a working mom of a little one at home. There is no room for flexibility and I have two 15 minute breaks and a 1/2 hour lunch to pump, which leaves little room for bathroom breaks as these people are watching me like hawks. I am a salaried employee with years of experience in my field but timed on literally everything. I have no support from my team to negotiate additional pumping time as 15 minutes requires that I run to the bathroom and pump, clean my bottles and run back to my desk. I nearly hit a woman with the bathroom door because I was rushing to get to the bathroom to make it back to my desk in time.

I dread working working with these people and want out! I have an interview tomorrow with a new company. Should I tell them about the need of having to pump as a reason of why I am leaving my current company? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts as many other mothers I have spoken to have not been in this position and don't know how to give me advice on this topic.

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User - posted on 07/29/2012

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Thank you Krista! Yeah, it is really stressful to have to make this schedule work. I definitely have my A game ready for tomorrow's interview. Just didn't realize that I would be l would be looking for another job so soon! I know it is for the best though.

Krista - posted on 07/29/2012

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I can see why you want out -- how frustrating to work for a place that is so autocratic and inflexible!

I don't think I would mention it during the interview. Just do your best to appear to be the best candidate, and ask smart questions about the work that they do. If they want to know why you're leaving, just state that you are ready for new challenges and that you have long admired this company because of (give reasons, based on what you see on the company's website...)

If they make you an offer, THEN you can ask them about things like work-life balance, and ask them what options are in place for pumping mothers.

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