A careless male co-worker walked in on me pumping!

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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There is only one office at work that is locked that I can pump in. I put a sign on the door and very few have the key. Someone gave an employee a key to get something out of it. He says he thought the sign was a joke. I am sure he was embarrassed too, but I was mortified! The milk stopped flowing and I burst into tears. I tried an hour later but still barely any milk. I left work early knowing that I had to calm down and get this milk out. It just really stinks, now I lose hours, and am so embarrassed. Is there anything else I can do?

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Alisha - posted on 04/15/2011

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EEEK! I'm worrying about where I will be "allowed" to pump when I get back to work. I teach, so the only thing worse than a male walking in would be a kid!!!

Bekah - posted on 10/21/2010

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Almpst everytime I pump at work someeone walks in. (I work in a busy restaurant and there is only one office.) All my managers are males. I laugh it off and it makes them feel more awkward than it does me. I have embarrassed a lot of the guys by telling them peep shows aren't free and I'm gonna start charging them.. I also jokingly told them that the next person that walked in on me was going to get squirted with milk and that freaked a lot of them out. I always try to make sure that no one needs anything out of the office before I go pump.

Sharon - posted on 08/02/2010

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Holy Moly Elizabeth - you've got my respect! I pump in a locked office and I shove my pump in the bag and under the desk to muffle the sound because I get a little self conscious about people hearing it through the walls. I've pumped in front of hubby and my sis, but that's it. Oh and in the car, but it was night and I used my nursing cover and hubby was driving on a highway, so I don't think there was much viewing.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/09/2010

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You did what you could. I would be more open about breastfeeding. If it would make you feel better get a hooter hider so that anyone does walk in they really and truly can not see anything. I was unfortunate enough to have to pump in our lunch room or resource room (both very busy rooms). The good thing was that I was able to educate a lot of people about breastfeeding while pumping.

Tonya Susanne Looney - posted on 06/30/2010

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Oh My! I feel your pain. I started off having to pump in my car, a plane, and in rooms which did not have locks. During the year I pumped, I designed a breast-pumping cape to create privacy in more public situations and still allow access to the collection system. A provisional patent is in the works now.. and it should be available for sale within the next few months.

Shannon - posted on 03/20/2010

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My brother in law walked in on me once. Luckily I basically had my back to the door, so he didn't see anything, but it was annoying. We were at my in-laws and I asked if I could use his room (he lives with his parents and is 32) and apparently he though I was going to actually breastfeed because when he saw the baby outside, he though I was done.

While it wasn't exactly fun for you, it was probably worse for him and I would just try to block the door (since people ignore signs) and try not to stress about it. also try to position yourself so your back is to the door, so at least then someone will just get a look at your back.

Michelle Carpenter - posted on 03/18/2010

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Oh no! I've been in a similiar situation that one of our older female employees just isn't at all embarrassed about seeing everything and would walk in on me while pumping to ask me questions. I just finally asked her to wait until I came out. I'm sorry you were put in such a compromising situation!! It would be harder to have a male walk in! I guess all you can do is continue to use your sign and maybe put a chair under the locked doorknob? Good luck!

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