This week is World Breastfeeding Week. The practical side of me says, “whew, I’m glad I’m done with all of that” and the nostalgic side of me remembers the beautiful moments I spent nursing both my children. Most of the beautiful moments I remember were in the dark of their rooms late at night when it was just the two of us and I would stare at my babies and think how big they were getting. Now here we are 2 and 4 years later and I can hardly remember what that felt like. I also remember that nursing my children wasn’t always so lovely- sometimes the pumping that comes along with it was pure comedy. Here are some of places I found myself pumping in the year(s) of being a working, breastfeeding, traveling mom:
- In a bathroom at the New York Stock Exchange – I tried to tell people this stuff was worth its weight in gold but they still wouldn’t let me out on the floor to try and trade it.
- In the galley of a plane. I was fresh out of batteries and the galley had the only plug I could find. (This is also a long overdue thank you to that kind flight attendant at US Airways!)
- On the highway going 65 mph- don’t worry, I wasn’t driving. Just distracting the driver in the passenger seat.
- On an Amtrak train- in the bathroom. Let’s just say I used the “Pump and Dump” strategy that time.
- In one of many bathroom stalls- of course. It’s where we all end up at some point. The quizzical looks you get upon emergence from said stalls were always amusing.
- In the airport bathroom- so many times it’s hard to count. I still feel guilty for breaking it to those adorable pre-teens that these things actually serve a function.
- In a hotel room full of celebrities. Well I was hiding in the bathroom of the hotel room and there was an event going on with celebrities and someone walked in on me- I felt like I was right there in the room with them!
- In the backseat of a car full of coworkers. You gotta do what you gotta do.
- Lots and lots of parking lots. Usually in a rental car.
But I have to say, the best and most comfortable place I was able to pump was right here at work. Graco has created incredible facilities for women who want to continue nursing their children when they return to work. In fact, in 2008 Graco was awarded the Business Breastfeeding Friendly Award. Providing that special place for moms at Graco was a priority in the move down to Atlanta as well. (see pic above) Kelley & her team did an amazing job of creating a nice, relaxing environment for nursing mothers. Once again proving that Graco is a family-friendly & thoughtful company to work for.
I can honestly say, if it weren’t for Graco’s support in giving me the time I needed, I wouldn’t have gotten to pump in so many of those places above. For that, I am grateful. Thank you Graco!