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16th-Apr-2011 09:42 am
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Poll #1730694 Nursing

You work at an accounting firm. A client emerges from her meeting, holding her squirming baby. She needs somewhere private to nurse her child. You would offer her:

The break room, which is currently empty but close to the boss's office, and has no door.
The office of someone who isn't going to be in until the afternoon...but has sensitive information sitting on her computer and on the desk.
The women's bathroom, which is private, but not comfortable.

I had this issue this morning. My coworker criticized me for my choice, but I still think it was the right one.
16th-Apr-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
I said the office, but I'd go in first and remove the sensitive information before allowing her in.
16th-Apr-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
The office is actually fairly neat, she keeps nothing sitting out. It's all in folders and files. But it's still sitting out on the desk, if someone was in a snooping mind.
17th-Apr-2011 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm sure the woman would have been too busy nursing her baby to snoop around, so I picked the office.
16th-Apr-2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Did she ask for somewhere private or is that an assumption on your part?
16th-Apr-2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
She said specifically, "Is there someplace private where I can nurse?"
16th-Apr-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm appalled at the people who suggested the bathroom. Would you want to eat your lunch in the public bathroom? No you wouldn't, because it's gross.
16th-Apr-2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Most people brush their teeth in the hathroom, wash their hands in the bathroom, shower in the bathroom... you want to tell me that isn't gross? It can't be any more sanitary than eating lunch in the bathroom. Seriously.
16th-Apr-2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm appalled that there are people who think "well, I'm going to a business meeting, so I'm sure they'll be wholly accommodating of my and my infants needs." If she wants unalloyed privacy, that's the tradeoff. Besides, the term "public bathroom" is a somewhat loaded phrase when it's the bathroom of an accounting firm.
25th-Apr-2011 04:10 am (UTC)
I'm with fallen_scholar. The very fact that there is a baby in a business meeting is ridiculous so this person cannot expect that the entire office caters to them.
17th-Apr-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Me too :(
18th-Apr-2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
I guess next time I breastfeed in a bathroom I'll remember to not take off my shirt and rub my tits all over every dirty surface before sticking it in the baby's face, since that's what you always do when you breastfeed, right?
16th-Apr-2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't offer an office that wasn't mine (unless I had permission of the person whose office it was), regardless of "sensitive information" being out or not. But I would find her a place that wasn't a bathroom--I think it is BIZARRE that people think anyone should nurse in a bathroom.
16th-Apr-2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm the receptionist, my desk is the least private area. Otherwise I would have offered mine. :)
16th-Apr-2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wherever the fuck she wants. (Sorry, hot issue. :) ) Okay, so maybe not at the front door for all to try and sneak a nip-slip peek or something, but it's just nursing and get the fuck over it.
16th-Apr-2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
She's the client and she wants someplace private. My coworker suggested afterwards that the filing room would have been better, but that has even more sensitive information...
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17th-Apr-2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Yes, but let's distinguish between "in public" and "at a business meeting." Anywhere the phrase 'appropriate attire' can be used is not somewhere to breastfeed.
16th-Apr-2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
As an Accountant of many years I would never, ever allow anyone access to a private office with sensitive information. The other options are not good ones, either.
16th-Apr-2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately our office is small and not designed for accountants, so those were the only options available, unless she wanted to pop it out and start nursing in front of my boss.
16th-Apr-2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, sexy. Come here often?
16th-Apr-2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
None of these are ideal locations. I would have said the co-worker's office except that you weren't able to get their permission AND they have confidential information out in the open (even that it's in files and folders isn't good enough; if said files and folders have the clients' names, etc., on the outside, that's potential HIPAA information).

As for the break room... I don't know how doable this would be have been for you off the cuff, but if you could pin a large blanket or drape across the doorway, that might work. Where I used to work, we just had cubicles without doors, and one of my co-workers would pin a quilt across the open part of her cube so that she could pump her breast milk with a little modicum of privacy.

But yeah, tough choice, tough situation. =/
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