Check out this story about a travelling mom who tried to take her Breast Pump as carry on through a Canadian Airport last week.
Security personnel questioned why a mother would be travelling with a breast pump and not a child with her. Obviously, there were not any ‘moms’ on duty that day.
I was reading a very interesting article in the New Yorker today http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/01/19/090119fa_fact_lepore about Breastfeeding, Breast Pumps and Mothers. As a big fan of Pumping (my twins were preemies and pumping enabled me to ‘breastfeed’ them) I thought the article raised a lot of relevant questions.
One Tiny Suitcase (www.onetinysuitcase.ca) also received a call from a mother yesterday who was on vacation in the Calgary area and looking to rent a breast pump for an ’emergency’. Last year our business expanded to include Medela Breast Pump rentals http://www.onetinysuitcase.ca/Medelapumps.htm. We mostly rent out the Breast Pumps to new Moms in the Calgary area but we have had some travellers request them as well.
So it raised the question of how women travel and pump? I personally know of women who have travelled with their Breast Pumps as part of their carry on luggage and pumped while on the plane, in their hotel, in the car (those car adapters come in handy when you are parking in a parking lot). I used to bring expressed milk with us when we travelled because our flights were pretty short and packed my breast pump.
Medela evens makes the Pump in Style in a backpack format. Good for trekking? I’m not sure but the new Freestyle pump is hands free…