Got Milk? A Working Mom's Solution for Travel
With big life transitions come new, challenging (read: wacky!) logistics. I became a mom last winter, and as I prepared for upcoming work travel, I contemplated how to bring breastmilk back home for my baby. Luckily, I became a mom in 2019 (not the 1950s!), so I have choices for milk transport. Who knew?! Let me introduce an option I came across, Milk Stork.
Milk Stork is helping working breastfeeding moms achieve their corporate and personal goals, minimizing stress along the way. By the way, this is NOT a paid Milk Stork endorsement! Just a happy customer who appreciates companies that support working women and help make the transition into motherhood slightly less stressful. :)
Here’s how Milk Stork works
There are a few options – you can ship, check, or tote your milk home.
- If you choose to tote it home, Milk Stork will send you a TSA approved refrigerated container to bring with you on the plane.
- If you want to ship it, you simply drop it off at the front desk of your hotel at check out and have them send it home for you.
I recently selected the ‘tote it home’ option and it was amazing! I had a two-hour drive to the airport plus a cross-country flight, and my milk was still chilled when I got home. Previously, I had a successful trip with using my personal cooler and ice packs, but using Milk Stork’s approved TSA container made it less of a headache.
Three things I’ve learned
- Pumping in an airport terminal is not as eye-catching as you may think – everyone is far more concerned with their own traveling logistics than watching you pump.
- Anti-bacterial wipes will make cleaning parts on the go much simpler – carry two packs everywhere you go!
- Ask your HR rep if your company will join the 600+ employers that offer Milk Stork as an employee benefit.
I am pleasantly surprised by how many companies are striving to make it easier for breastfeeding moms to travel, and offering services like Milk Stork as a turnkey solution for their employees.