An open letter to my breastfeeding co-worker
I admire your commitment, but I'm saddened by the fact that you feel like you need to hide...
I admire your commitment, but I’m saddened by the fact that you feel like you need to hide. You don’t have to pump milk in bathroom stalls or wait for all of us to leave on break.
Yes, when we’re off to lunch, I notice how you stay behind. You whip out your cape-like cover, and set up your pump so when we return, you’ll be done. I want you to know that you’re free to pump even when we’re around.
I know you struggle at times to produce milk for your little one. Please know that you can confide in us non-parents; we will do our best to offer advice, even if it’s just google-based and not from experience.
Nurturing your child sometimes means forgoing your own comfort and convenience. We think it’s awesome how you manage to excel at work—focused and efficient—with your little one still on your mind. How difficult it must be to leave his adorable face behind every morning!
He has your eyes.
You may get side-eyes and judging looks when you attempt to breastfeed in public. But don’t forget our office is a safe, shame-free space, where we celebrate one another’s accomplishments, in the workplace and in the home.
We’re here for you and we’re cheering you on!
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