Have to travel for an interview

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2010
Have to travel for an interview
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Wed, 02-23-2011 - 4:19pm
Hello,

so, the good news is I have a job interview. The bad news is I have a job interview!! Lol. Seriously though, my interview is next week in Dallas ( I live in Florida). So, I have to fly there and back in the same day. I am EBF my son and don't know how to even go about traveling with out him. Please help! Also if I get the job I will have to travel for a week of training. I have worked very hard at establishing a breastfeeding relationship with my little one and don't want anything to jeapordize it. If anyone has successfully juggled this kind of scenario and been able to keep EBF please share how you did it.

Thank you all so much!!
Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 4:34pm
Do you already own a high quality double electric pump? Unfortunately I'm just passing through right now but it's definitely doable (though a pain in the neck) to pump while away from baby and bring the milk home. Let's focus right now on just getting through the interview. Do you have any milk set aside in the freezer yet for that day?
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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2010
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 4:57pm
Thank you so much for your quick response!! I do own a PIS double electric pump and I do have plenty of milk in the freezer. I believe my interviews ( I will be having multiple interviews with differant managers) will be in the Dallas airport. So, I need to figure out where I can pump.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 5:39pm
Do you have a battery pack? If you've got a good pump and milk socked away already then you're good to go. Just make sure to have a battery pack so you're not tethered to an outlet. I'm sure you can find someplace to pump, whether it's a quiet corner with a jacket thrown over you or a bathroom (I know, ick, but it's better than nothing). Good luck!!
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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 6:47pm
Dana is right, bring your pump and pump often to keep your supply up. I was gone for 9 days from my (at the time) 8 month old and it was fine. I pumped every 3 hours and I also pumped right out in the airport lounge and on the plane. I used my nursing cover to cover up and nobody saw or seemed to care either. Nobody said anything to me at all. You may not be as comfortable doing this but it worked fine for me. And be sure to bring your battery pack and extra batteries too. Good luck with your interview and pumping!! :)

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2010
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 8:43pm
Thank you! Where can I get a battery pack for my pump? Also, does anyone know if I can travel with the expressed breast milk? Or must I dump it?
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 9:30pm
Yes you can travel with it, bring a cooler for yourself. Here is a link for your review about the rules and what you should say and do while at the gate. I HIGHLY suggest printing this link and bringing it with you to present to the TSA agent if they give you any grief about it.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm

Check your PIS for the battery pack, they should come with one. If not, Amazon has one or perhaps a local store in your area that sells Medela pumps would have one too :)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HL2JOC/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1278548962&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00016BPA2&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1E4C3GMWRSV1PMPFN0TV

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 11:04pm
Thanks for the good info, Ruby!! Do not even think of dumping one drop of that milk!!
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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 1:59pm

I havent' read all responses so sorry if this is a repeat at all.