I put my son Benjamin
to breast only minutes after he was born. Having returned
to work when he was just 11 weeks old, I invested in
an electric breast pump and needless to say, I have
pumped in some very weird places. But nothing tops a
recent experience I had while travelling for business.
On a return flight
to Cleveland from New York after a department meeting,
I found myself sitting in a plane on the tarmac in a
rainstorm. As we sat there wondering when our 6:30 pm
flight (it was now 7:30) might possibly take off, I
developed a healthy concern for my breasts, which were
becoming quite full. I was getting a little nervous!
I approached the
female flight crew in the galley, discreetly explained
my dilemma and together we tried to figure out my options.
"There's an electrical
outlet in the galley -- we could pull the curtain for
you, and you could do it right here," Sherry, one of
the flight attendants said.
A good idea but
wouldn't you know it? My pump's cord was one of those
big clunky plugs, and - it wouldn't fit!
Mulling it over
a while, Sherry came up with another idea. "What if
we had an electrical adapter?"
"Ladies and gentleman,
may I have your attention please? If anyone has an electrical
adapter in their possession, please ring your flight
attendant call button."
Sure enough, as
we held our breath in the galley, we heard the gentle
bong of a flight attendant call button! Minutes later,
with the galley curtain pulled, there I was.... perched
on a crate of wine, breast pump whirring away, another
uniquely female travel challenge met!
Journeywoman thanks the author, Michelle Gugick, and
Joan Babbitt, editor of NursingMother.com for sending
us this lovely travel tidbit. Interested readers can
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