Breastmilk Pumping and Workplace: Explicating Care Relationships

Interview Study of Experiences of Working Lactating Mothers

Researchers at Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology are looking for participants for an interview study about mothers’ experiences of breastmilk expression at the workplace. All mothers who exclusively pump or have pumped over two weeks at their workplace are welcome to participate. 

The research team welcomes participation from across the globe and will work with participants to accommodate time zone differences as far as possible.

Why is the research being done?

This study examines the experiences of working mothers who are lactating and expressing milk at their workplace. The study is guided by three research questions: (1) What organizational  and co-worker support do working mothers receive during their workday? (2) What barriers or challenges do working lactating mothers experience in their workplace (3) How do working mothers who are, or have been, lactating and expressing milk during their workday experience organization/state policies related to lactation and breastmilk expression. We think that knowing the answers to these kinds of questions will help us better understand the care needs of lactating women and how an organization and co-workers might create a workplace culture to support a broad range of care needs for employees.

Who can participate?

– If you are aged 18+, and

– If you are a mother who has pumped over two weeks or currently pumps breastmilk at the workplace. 

How can you participate?

Interviews will be conducted online using video-conferencing software (Zoom). Participants can choose to participate with or without a video feed.  You do not have to answer all our questions and you can decide how much you want to say in response to any of our questions. There are no right and wrong answers to our questions, what we are interested in are your thoughts and experiences. Interviews can be conducted in English and Hindi.

How will your data be handled?

Your privacy will be protected at all times. Your identity will not be known by anyone other than the research team directly involved in the study. None of your personal details will be stored alongside your recordings and you will be given a code so that your information will be protected. Any recordings of you will be stored securely at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. All data will be handled in accordance with GDPR.

I’m interested. What next? 

You can register your interest to participate in this study here:

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the study and the research team, please contact us on email: