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
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
the female flight crew in the galley, discreetly explained
my dilemma and together we tried to figure out my
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?"
gentleman, may I have your attention please? If anyone
has an electrical adapter in their possession, please
ring your flight attendant call button."
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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