Working Moms: Work Travel While Breastfeeding
In two weeks I’m going on a short business trip. I’ll be gone for three days/two nights which represents by far the longest amount of time I’ve been away from Liam so far. I’m sure I’ll be sad about leaving Liam as the time approaches but for now, the thing that is weighing on my mind most is how to deal with the breastfeeding/pumping issue. It seems to me I have three options:
1. Pump all the time over the next two weeks to try to build up enough of a freezer stash to get Liam through those three days. Bring my pump with me and pump at the conference.
2. Supplement with formula while I’m gone. Pump enough to keep my supply up at the conference.
3. Use this as an impetus to discontinue breastfeeding.
I’ll be honest, I have no desire to do #1. As I’ve made pretty clear, I hate pumping so the thought of all that extra pumping makes me cringe. I know it would make me miserable and stressed out for the next two weeks and that just isn’t worth it in my book. But, I also really don’t want to have to go with choice #3. My goal all along has been to make it to to the twelve month mark with breastfeeding and the finish line feels so close that it seems silly to give it up now. I’ve survived thrush, mastitis and a biting phase…surely I can make it through three measly days!!
Right now, my plan is to go with choice #2 which I see as a maintenance plan. Even pumping twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) should be enough to keep me feeling comfortable (or at least not horribly uncomfortable) and keep up an okay supply for when I return. The last question of course is what to do with the milk I pump while I’m there. According to TSA regulations, I am allowed to carry that breast milk with me on the plane but also REALLY don’t want to run into any issues with security over it. At the same time, the thought of throwing away all of that breast milk is heart breaking.
Any advice from experienced mom travelers on this part?