Okay, so maybe not boobs specifically, but making a plan with your boss before going out on maternity leave can make the transition back to work while sustaining breastfeeding much easier. The conversation may be uncomfortable and awkward for some women, especially if their boss is a male, but breastfeeding is natural and healthy, and you are legally protected to express milk at your place of employment.
After the birth of my first son, I was not given a private room to pump during the day—I expressed milk 2-3 times per work day in the corner of my cubicle. I did not have a conversation with my boss about pumping at work, and quite frankly, I’m not even sure he knew I was breastfeeding. (We did not share an office space). However, if I had, I may have been able to have a more comfortable experience returning to work and continuing to breastfeed.
So, how do you ask for breastfeeding support at work? Start the conversation during pregnancy. Things to discuss: