For many women who go back to work after having a baby, breast pumping is just a fact of life. Though it can be hard to find time during a busy workday to do so — it's recommended to pump for between 15-20 minutes, several times a day — the biggest hurdle is finding a safe and sanitary place to perform this task.
Though current laws protect moms' rights to breastfeed and breast pump, the reality is often a lot more complicated.
For too many women, breast pumping at work means retreating to a cramped storage closet or a bathroom stall, neither of which are ideal, or sanitary, options. Many women also report additional difficulties, like scheduling meetings around pump times, and facing passive aggressive comments from co-workers.
"The CEO of the company used to announce when I was going to pump by singing a little song for everyone to hear: 'Pump, pump, pump it up!'" a woman who worked in a Silicon Valley tech start-up told the Chicago Tribune.
But, August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and there's a new social media campaign hoping to raise awareness about some of the grim realities of breast pumping at work.
The #IPumpedHere campaign, started by Moms Rising, calls on parents to post photos on Twitter and Instagram of some of the most terrible places they've had to pump.
Below are some of the most eye-opening photos women are sharing on social media. Hashtag IPumpedHere.
(Image via IPumpedHere on Instagram)