Friday, September 1, 2006

to pump or not to pump, that is the question

While I do tend to bitch about my job quite a bit (or about anything else to anyone else who will listen) I have been incredibly lucky when it comes to how they've treated me and my family, with either time off, or the ability to pump at work or whatever.

It's a small company so we're afforded some leniencey where at the same time, I could be totally screwed because we don't qualify for FMLA, so they give me 6 weeks off to work from home, and allowed me to bring Conner in a few days a week as well as pump at work. These opportunities have been worth more to me then any paycheck. I was able to breastfeed Conner for 4 months and so far have been able delay placing him in daycare up until recently, and even then it's only 3 days a week.

This article in the New York Times made me aware of just how lucky I am and just how backwards this damn country is with their priorities. Our sister to the north? They get a year off. Here 12 weeks, non-paid. IF you qualify for FMLA.

I urge anyone out there to visit Moms Rising and when you get the chance, let your elected officials know just how you feel about this matter and how important these opportunities are.

1 comment:

  1. Backwards indeed. Which is why I'm glad I'm staying home before we get to #2.
    Thanks for the link!!