Where can you pump if you’re away from work and home (and not just in a different office)? I’ve heard more than enough “fun” stories about pumping in public restrooms (at the sinks, where the outlets are — AWESOME), so when I saw this question posed recently on my local parents’ listserv, I thought it would be a great topic for us.
So: What are your strategies for finding acceptable spots to pump in public places?
Note that if you’re in a pinch you can always use an app like Charmin’s Sit or Squat (which tells you which bathrooms are diaper-changing friendly, with filters for cleanliness, free, and more) or visit Moms Pump Here, which looks promising… but here’s the list that the folks on the listserv came up with:
- Baby stores, which often have dedicated feeding rooms, such as Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, and Giggle
- Hotel lobby bathrooms
- Dressing rooms in both department stores (or other large retailers) and maternity stores
- Nursing specialty stores like Upper Breast Side
- Hospital or ob/gyn waiting rooms
Stay tuned for some of our favorite items for pumping!
Ladies, have you pumped anywhere creative? If you’ve had to, do you like to find a regular spot, or do you prefer to take a “scorched earth” policy?
Psst: see our recent roundup for all of our favorite bras for pumping — these were some of our favorites!
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