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Florencia asked:
My office doesn't have a dedicated room to pump milk. But I'm determined to breastfeed my baby as long as my baby wants. Any alternative ways to extract milk in office?

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inayellowbox answered:
Hi. Congrats on your choosing to bf your baby. Nothing comes close to the benefits of bf-ing. But I guess not all workplaces are bf friendly to allow working moms to express. I had this problem too back when I was posted to another unit. The place was sooo 'ulu', I can't even make do with the toilets to express in. The best way is to voice out your concern and needs. A good superior shld understand & will be able to make arrangements for you. Hope you will not stop bf your baby and hang on.

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chongvy answered:
You can pump in a meeting room. Never never do it inside the toilet. It is full of germs, your pump equipment will be tainted on so many levels. And toilet has no power points.

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hazelfong answered:
i usually express my milk at my desk. the good thing is i have alot of mummies in the office and my boss (also a mummy) understand the need to breastfeed hence she gives me the green light to pump at my desk. other than that i will look for a meeting room to express. you may bring your concern to the management and see what solution can they work out for you. jia you!

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zann_mummy answered:
Maybe can try to use the meeting rooms if unoccupied. If you have high partition, can juz block with garbage bags during lunch or so, am sure pple know what you are doing and will not disturb you. Of coz, seek boss permission first.

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LoveLeeJenny answered:
Our office do have a nursing room but I have to resort pumping in the meeting room. The nursing room is supposed to be for us but some people used it and made it really dirty. I do not want to risk with a place where lots of germs flying around.

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zanyx answered:
I'm also expressing in an office without any nursing room. Everytime I have to go to different floors to look for an executive toilet where I can lock the door and express. Sometimes if my colleague is around, I may ask to borrow her key to her department's storeroom to use. Better get a pump with battery pack or a manual pump so that you dun need to look for power points. :)

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foo answered:
Hi Florencia. Your determination is half the battle won! When I was bfg my boy, I looked for a meeting room and asked my superior for permission to use it. (You may want to ask for a set of key or permission to have a latch installed.) However, eventually it was too tedious for me to go to the meeting room, so I converted my cubicle into a nursing room! I put up cardboards (light but sturdy) and curtains around my cubicle. To avoid an interruption during bfg, I inform my colleagues of my intention and put up a "Mum at Work" sign. This saves me a lot of time as I could express milk in the comfort of my own cubicle. I managed to bf sucessfully for 2 1/2 years with more than 60 colleagues in the office. Keep up the great work, Florencia!

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Jovial answered:
The last alternative is doing it in toilet. I have an ex-colleague who has the same situation as u. No office nor room with privacy for her, so every 2-3hrs she will go to the toilet to pump.

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Angelynne answered:
check with the HR.... i had been pumping in meeting room, 1st aid room.... actually with understanding boss.... they will make neccessity arrange....

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asphere answered:
I am facing same issue. I search for mtg room to use n worst case is pump In toilet

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Shirley answered:
I have breastfed my older 2 kids and am breast feeding my third kid. There's no proper nursing room in my office too but my admin is great and had put in an extension cord, a side table and a chair in a storeroom which doubles up as a server room - and now a nursing room too. I've used that for all three kids and it's worked well for me. See if your admin can provide a small corner in a storeroom/ miscellaneous room. I've done the pump in cubicle with a shawl too and it's been ok except for one occasion when a male colleague walked right in as I was expressing, held a short conversation an then stepped out. He was totally clueless I was pumping. I was both amused and amazed by how clueless he was! And he's a father! ;)

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