A police intelligence analyst was banned from using morning and afternoon tea breaks to express breastmilk for her baby because they were "discretionary" and she was denied the use of accumulated leave. 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. Read more here.
Let me show you what I mean.
Geoff of Walgett generously shared his solution: ``Cry me a river. Milk yourself before you get to work.''
Granny Clampet of Beverly Hills wrote: ``Mothers need to be at home with their children. You are either a police woman or you are a nursing mother . . . Children deserve to have the full attention of their parents. There is nothing wrong with being a mother, shame most people underestimate how important child raising is.''
Ray of Newcastle wrote: ``I think its a wind up by the pro breast feeders to bring attention to themselves.''
Then there was this gem from Anne of Central Coast: ``Breastfeeding policy????? Oh Plleeeaaasse. You are either at work to work or at home minding the children you chose to have!''
It was pretty obvious that many of those who commented had no idea about the realities of breastfeeding and how the human body works.
The archaic opinions voiced were so depressing I had to stop reading. Unbelieveable!
There is no reason why a mother should not be allowed to use her allocated work breaks to express. And a proper environment with privacy should be available at any workplace.