I am curious what other people on this list think of this advice in the Boston Magazine...
This issue of the Boston Globe Magazine suggests that women not store their pumped breastmilk in the office fridge.
Now, granted, I have never worked in an office environment since having (and breastfeeding) my daughter. I have never had to deal with this particular issue, but I always assumed that had I gone back to work, I would have pumped and stored the milk (clearly marked, of course) in the office fridge.
I am really offended by the idea that this advice columnist is saying that women who work--who I am sure are already taxed enough between pumping and finding childcare for their infants--are now supposed to be worried about how office mates perceive their breastmilk. I do not equate breastmilk, which goes into my child's body as food as being in the same league as "other bodily fluids" as stated in the article.
R says that in his work there are people who would not be mature enough to handle breastmilk in the office fridge, but to this I say: should we really pander to the lowest common denominator or person? I think not. I think we need to support working mothers more as a culture and the idea that we would equate pee or blood or vomit with breast milk is pretty damn offensive to me.
I know I am not the biggest proponent of breastfeeding, but the idea of making things any harder than it already is for working mothers is so offensive to me. I think this is one more example of women being their own worst enemies.