Pumping is probably the least glamorous thing ever, even more so when you are trying to figure out how to get it done while traveling/flying. But it IS possible! When I was interviewing for new positions after I had my first baby, I took 4 flights in a matter of 10 days. The nature of the positions I was interviewing for were remote/work from home admission positions for Colleges that were in different states, hence the flights. So I figured out really quickly how to navigate pumping/traveling with breast milk in airports and flying. So here are some of my tips! Keep in mind, this was traveling without baby.
- Your pump, obviously and maybe 2-4 bottles to pump into at most, I recommend only using bottles while you are actually pumping and bags for easier storage
- Mini Cooler (size depends on length of your trip)
- Ice blocks (these will not be thrown away by TSA and will keep your milk cold of course)
- Breast milk bags: this is where I stored all the milk I pumped on the trip too, not bottles, bags pack so much easier in the cooler and you can fit more in.
- Empty ziploc bags: Just in case your ice blocks melt or are not as cool, you can get some ice from a restaurant or McDonalds in the airport.
- Little mini wash clothes just in case of leakage or spill etc.
- Hand sanitizer and/or wipes
- Portable charge for your pump in case you are not able to find an actual outlet
Pumping during Interviews at the Airport:
- Airports usually have Mother’s rooms you can pump in with nice sinks, chairs etc. However, I have had a situation where there is somebody in there for a while and I had a flight to catch to other option is the family restroom, or if you bring a nursing cover to just do it next to an outlet in public (I could never bring myself to do this, but know lots of people that do!).
- My interviews were about 2.5-3 hours so I did not have to worry about telling them I needed to pump and just made sure I got one in right before and right after, I did not stress about following my normal pumping schedule.
- Be up front about your pumping needs if on a work trip or you cannot manage to skip one during an interview. This is important and people understand far more than you would think
Hope this helps! 🙂