Skip Nav
Special Needs
This Mum Is Thanking a Flight Attendant Who "Swooped" In to Help Her Son With Special Needs
Pippa Middleton's Quotes on Teaching Her Son to Swim
The Royals
Pippa Middleton Already Has Her 6-Month-Old Son in the Pool, and Good For Her!
Michael Phelps's Quotes on Water Safety
Swimming Pool
Michael Phelps on Water Safety: "We Know How Fast Kids Can Drown"
Why I'm Thankful For My Mum Friends
Staying Sane
To All the Friends Who Helped Me Through New Motherhood, All I Can Say Is Thank You
Game of Thrones on Sesame Street
Kid TV and Movies
Elmo Just Taught Cersei and Tyrion a Thing or 2 About Respect, and We're LOL-ing All the Way to Westeros

Manager's Email to Working Mum About Pumping Plans

This Boss's Response to an Employee's Pumping Request Should Be the Gold Effing Standard

Working mums often dread one email more than any others — it's the one they have to send to their supervisors when they are heading back to their jobs after an always-feels-too-short maternity leave.

Why? Because that email is often peppered with requests that might go unfulfilled — whether it's a desperate plea for unexpected job flexibility, a request for different hours to fit with childcare constraints, or the need for a clean, private space in which to pump breastmilk several times per workday.

A Reddit user recently emailed her manager about her forthcoming return to work and her plan to pump, and his response was pitch-perfect.

ADVERTISEMENT

Emailed my manager about my return to work and plan to pump; this was his response! 👏🏽 from r/breastfeeding

"Whatever you need to do to be successful here, I am supportive," he wrote back before giving a helpful suggestion that she put her pumping sessions in the office's calendar so that no one can inadvertently schedule anything that conflicts.

His final remark was the reminder all employers — aside from, perhaps, heart surgeons! — need to remember:

"Nothing here is so crucial that you should not take care of yourself, so please let me know if there's anything else that we need to discuss."

This simple email is a great example for all managers and a reminder that although many companies — particularly small, fledgling ones — can't always move mountains to make life easier on new mums, employers can still be understanding, supportive, and resourceful.

Someone give this man a raise!

Image Source: Rawpixel / Unsplash
Latest parenting
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds