For some reason, breastfeeding tends to be grouped with the type of private activities most often completed in a toilet cubicle. This seems very odd to me but there is no question that it is still a prevailing view.
I wonder, in countries like France where topless bathing is common and breasts are far less mysterious thanks to more exposure, whether breastfeeding has anything like the stigma that it seems to have still in English speaking countries around the world.
Think of breastfeeding as food provision. Think of expressing as food preparation. That is what these activities actually are. The fact that the food in question comes from a person’s body makes no nevermind.
Of course you wouldn’t.
So here’s an idea: why don’t we let mothers breastfeed or express in the staff tearoom? Well, see my point above regarding stigma and you will realize that this is simply not an option. Even if the mother in question is willing to do it openly, she will undoubtedly receive unwanted remarks and attention from other less uninhibited workmates.
You do not want to create an environment conducive to harassment, I am sure.
So what is the alternative? Surprisingly few workplaces seem to have considered these issues. But when you do, there is plenty of help available, starting at this website. Here is another great resource: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/workplace
Think about your own experience, your own children and your own female partner if you have one. What would you expect their workplace to provide?
Breastfeeding and expressing facilities are a no-brainer. Get on board!