Okay so this is a post about pumping and travel. If you are not pregnant, breastfeeding or interested in my adventures in travel pumping, you may want to come back tomorrow.
I left Tuesday morning for my first trip without Reed. (sob...) I travel for my job and am typically gone for 1-4 nights per month. I completely used up my stash of pumped milk with this trip so I wanted to save what I pumped and bring it back home. I left armed with
1. A car charger power source
2. Battery pack
4. Freezer bags
5. Plastic grocery bags
6. Mini cooler (the size that can hold a 6-pack of beer)
The trip started out with a session at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They have benches in each restroom for nursing mothers. I could have also used the family bathroom but I was running late (taxi driver's fault) and I didn't want to have to look for it. I brought my modesty cover and just went through my work emails. It was a little awkward being out in the open in a busy woman's restroom but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do and many women could probably relate to what I was doing. The only drawback was that there wasn't an outlet but I just used my handy Medela battery pack and was just fine.
DC National offered a spot in their restroom too with the bonus of having an outlet.
Albany was even better with cushioned chairs, power source and a more separate area in the bathroom.
The hotel we stayed in for our meeting has refrigerators in each room with a small freezer space. This was perfect - I was able to keep my freezer pack frozen and begin to freeze my milk in storage bags.
Here is how I packed my milk up to go home:
1. Bottom layer of ice in grocery bag.
2. Milk bags in the middle
3. Top layer of ice in grocery bag.
4. Wrapped cooler in 4 grocery bags and then the large dry cleaning bag from the hotel.
My goal with all the bags was to prevent leaking from the cooler. I will bring tape next time to really seal the cooler in addition to the bags.
I checked the bag thinking that it would stay cool enough below the plane. And thankfully it did! The proof was the fact that the milk and ice were still frozen. I was able to save all of my milk!