If you’re wondering how to take a trip away from the little one while still exclusively breastfeeding (and I’m assuming you are since you clicked on this link), you’re not alone!
A few years back, when going back to work, I was bound and determined to provide breast milk for Emerson during her entire first year, no matter how difficult it might prove to be!
Good thing I love a good challenge, because while pumping on the job can be tricky, traveling cross-country for work proved to be MUCH more challenging. And, while it was tough, it is still one of the greatest accomplishments, and labors of love,I could provide for my new little girl.
Looking back, day trips were painful and inconvenient (pumping and dumping in airport bathrooms didn’t allow me to bring anything back for Emerson other than a cheesy gift from the airport gift shop. And that’s IF I had time to get there between pumping and making it to my gate!) But the most daunting trip of them all was my company’s annual sales & marketing meeting. If you’re in the corporate world, you know the kind of trip I’m talking about. This is the cross-country kind where I would be away from home from the early hours of Monday morning until late into Friday night. Emerson was in great hands with Erik, my wonderful hubby and, then, stay-at-home Dad. But, would they need the entire frozen stock of breast milk before I got home?! I was six months in, and determined to make it another six to reach my goal. So, I did what any determined and savvy mom would do… I took to the internet for a workable solution to SAVE that breast milk I’d be pumping all week long!
After finding an amazing and workable solution, I swore that one day, I would pass what I learned onto other willful and determined working and traveling moms like myself, to make life a little bit easier.
Now that I have this system in place, I’m planning on using it for my new baby boy, Luke, when I travel to some awesome tropical location to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. I truly hope this info can benefit the rest of you nursing moms who are traveling while breast-feeding as well! So whether you’ll be traveling for work, or are lucky to get away on vacay for a few days, you’ve got the breast milk situation covered!