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Anya2014 Fri 31-Jan-14 10:01:06

Good morning. I am very interested in other mums' opinions about the following situation: I returned to work a month ago. As my home is 15 minutes walk from the office, a child's carer brings my 11 months son to the office once per day. I take 20-30 minutes break and either stay oustide or go to a cafe. Sometimes I breastfeed my son if he want, but it takes 5 minutes maximum. Then he just tries to walk around holding my hand. Several times (1 or 2 per week) we went to a huge entrance hall of the office building where half of my firm sits. It is really big and quite place (especially comparing to the entrance to our second building where the clients come). Previously, we had no any issues and receptionists/guards ever wanted to play with my son. Yesterday, a guard kicked us out saying that the office manager does not want a baby be in the office. I do understand that it is not usual to see a baby in an office hall, but I disagree that this is illegal or extreamely burdensome (taking into account the size of the hall, how busy it is, age and behaviour of the baby). Could you please let me know whether you consider my behaviour as unethical. Thank you and Happy Chinese New Year!

PeterParkerSays Fri 31-Jan-14 10:06:47

I don't think whether it's unethical matters, it's not your office (if I've read it correctly) and the manager of that space doesn't want you and your baby there. That's their call.

You could raise it through HR, and ask for a better place to breastfeed your son, as you are entitled to breaks to breastfeed him. They might find you a better location.

PortofinoRevisited Fri 31-Jan-14 10:08:18

It could be an insurance issue.

Happyasasandboy Fri 31-Jan-14 12:34:58

I don't think it is appropriate.

A one off visit with baby to your colleagues will generally be tolerated by managers. A regular traipse through the office (that's maybe not even where you generally work?) is very different, and not something I would want my employees to do.

If I was your manager, I would arrange a meeting room or similar in which you could breast feed your child when he's brought in. After that, I would expect the child to leave the premises. If your break is longer than the breastfeed takes, then you could go with the child for the remainder of the break, but I would not expect the child to be on the premises beyond the breast feed in a private space.

I say this as a manager, but also as a mother of small children and a staunch supporter of breastfeeding. I thinks it is completely right that employers support mothers to continue to breastfeed when they return to work, but this does not extend to offering somewhere for the two of you to hang out during your breaks.

Nevercan Fri 31-Jan-14 21:45:34

If your home is only 15 mins walk why not go home to feed in your break/lunch?

NormHonal Fri 31-Jan-14 21:54:14

I used to work that close to my home. My DC1 attended a nursery so I would either go there to bf her when possible, or would go home to express milk for her in my lunch break in comfort.

I'm sorry, but I think you should just meet them at your home or at a cafe.

It would be wonderful if you could find a meeting room or office where you can bf him.

Peach123plum Sun 02-Feb-14 21:24:34

I was provided with a room to express my milk and a break to do this in. I know breast pumps do not work for everyone, as your baby is close by they may give you a room somewhere. It does not sound like it's the feeding they object too but more your child being in place of work. I think you have been fortunate to be able to do this. Good luck in finding a new solution that works for you and your child.

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