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Breastfeeding is hard, traveling while breastfeeding shouldn’t have to be. As a traveling Speech Language Pathologist with my second baby, I spent almost 3-4 hours of my 8 hour work day driving. Yikes, that is a lot of driving for anyone, let alone a newly breastfeeding mama.
You may be wondering to yourself “how on earth did she find the time to pump”. Truth be told, I struggled daily. Since I was a traveling therapist, I struggled to find a designated place to pump. “Where does a traveling mama pump” you may ask? Anywhere you can find a plug! I was forced to pump in my car (hello, get a car charger), in the bathroom, in the gymnasium storage closet and even in several work meetings. I literally pumped everywhere.
This as you could imagine was very challenging. Despite all the laws that are in place by congress, employers rarely place any sort of emphasis on following or implementing them. Thankfully, breastfeeding apps like Pump Hero and lactation Pods such as Mamava are being placed in airports and shopping stores around the country! These breastfeeding locations are so important for a mama to maintain her milk supply.
Within 4 weeks of returning back to work from maternity leave, my once over-abundant supply of breastmilk dipped to almost an astounding 40%. I was devastated, but I didn’t let the fear of my supply dropping get me into a panic. I found a few resources that really helped me out.
Although I hadn’t transitioned back to work as well as I had hoped, my breast pumping at work improved significantly.
There are also mamas who travel more than just driving - they are flying! There are also resources that are available for state-to-state traveling mamas.
The journey through breastfeeding varies from person to person, and is undoubtedly difficult at times, but true consistency will help you succeed in accomplishing your breastfeeding goals!
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