One woman is being praised on social media after closing the Family Dollar store where she works in order to breast pump. New mom Emily Edgington left a note on the door of the Mansfield, Ohio store explaining the situation.
Shared to Facebook on February 1 by customer Codey Burghard, the sign read, “Sorry. Had to pump for baby and no one else is here. Be back in 30. Thanks.”
“My daughter’s health and being able to eat was my main concern,” Edgington, who’s an assistant manager at the Family Dollar and mom to three-month-old Eliana, told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I wrote the sign, took a picture to show my manager, prayed to God that I wouldn’t get fired or written up for it, and stuck it up on the doors.”
Now the 23-year-old mom is going viral on Facebook. In her caption, Burghard wrote, “I support this 100% it’s not the employee’s fault at all, pumping at work is a right and employers can’t take that away. Even understaffed, moms gotta do what they gotta do.”
So far, the photo has over 17,000 likes and 21,000 shares, as people applaud the “dedicated momma.”
And on February 16, Edgington took to social media to share her side of the story and take a stand for working moms everywhere. “I had two choices…run back and forth to pump every couple of minutes to check out customers…OR lock the doors and pump as needed – uninterrupted, because that is my right,” she wrote.
Edgington concluded her post by urging companies to do better when it comes to breastfeeding mothers. “Hopefully corporations will start paying more attention to their policies and our human rights and be held accountable.”
So…I had two choices…run back and forth to pump every couple of minutes to check out customers…OR lock the doors…