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Readers respond to breastfeeding on the job, new millennial research 

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Readers respond to our news article about a Spokane County employee who left her job because she found it difficult to pump breast milk ("A Power Struggle," 3/1/18).

Vicki Forslund Bordieri: It's 2018 people!

Apryl Hilborn: For the county believing that their handling didn't rise "to the level of liability," they have sure reactively implemented changes to address their accommodation issues. It's a shame a mother had to leave her career in order for them to be compelled into adhering with federal law to eliminate barriers. It's not OK when private sector businesses can't comply with the law, but for the county to have not figured it out is unacceptable.

Anne Jacobson Williamson: Simple discrimination. Good God people, this is 2018, women have been having babies for millennia, why is this such a problem?

Elizabeth Lochte: I had to use a conference room in 2000 which didn't lock. I put a Post-It note on the door but people barged in anyway.

Aimee Flinn Nechanicky: No matter the accommodations, and often they're subpar at best to meet the requirements, it's really hard to be a working mom who needs to pump. I opted not to both times because I knew it would reflect negatively on me. And that's awful. We're in 2018. Pumping doesn't last forever, yes it's inconvenient for the employers, but suck it up. We've been made to suck it up for years. Offer the space, don't be a douche, and you're likely to be a better employer because of it. ♦


Readers respond to our New York Times article that says Pew Research will consider anyone born between 1981 and 1996 a millennial (3/2/18).

Aaron MacFadden: The only thing that we all [25-45 year olds have in common] is that we are economically underprivileged, compared to our generational forebearers. We are therefore hard to advertise to and monetize, by traditional methods.

Haley Fink: I'm 32 and I've never in my life had avocado toast.

Tara L. Smith: This irritates me. I'm 35, and have almost nothing in common with my 24-year-old sister. She never suffered dial up. She has always had a cell phone with texting and internet. She was 6 on 9/11 and remembers nothing. Her generation has always had harsher driving restrictions, stronger child abuse laws and less discipline. To lump people between the ages of 30-37 together with these kids is insulting and inaccurate. ♦

The original print version of this article was headlined "From Readers"

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