[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 26,693
Citations 0
A Piece of My Mind
September 11, 2018


Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;320(10):977-978. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12212

At the end of intern year in medicine, my colleagues joked about assigning superlatives for our class. “Hilary would receive most likely to discharge all her patients in one day.” “Karyn would get most likely to be drinking the ginger ale meant for patients.” “Charlotte would definitely be most likely to be found in the call room.” They were referring to the fact that every two or three hours while I was in the hospital, I slipped away to punch “5-4-9” into the keypad to unlock the intern call room—my self-designated lactation room. As fast as I could, I would hang up my white coat, take off my badge, place my pager, patient list, snack, and water bottle on the desk, lift up my shirt, detach my bra, attach my hands-free pumping bra, insert the pump flanges into the bra, attach the flanges to the pump, turn on the pump, think about my baby boy, log into the computer, make a mental to-do list, and pray for a fast milk ejection reflex.

Limit 200 characters
Limit 25 characters
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.

Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.

Err on the side of full disclosure.

If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.

Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.

Limit 140 characters
Limit 3600 characters or approximately 600 words