Fresh off my 6-month maternity leave, I sat across a conference table from my manager discussing changes to my company’s travel expectations and how that would impact my role at LinkedIn. Much to my surprise, travel expectations increased drastically while I was in the midst of baby bliss, and though I used to love traveling, the idea of being away from my then 5-month-old while also still breastfeeding seemed overwhelming and frankly, upsetting.
How was I going to have enough milk saved while keeping to my pump schedule? How do I pump and navigate all the different airports? Was it possible? Would I have to end my breastfeeding journey earlier than I wanted?
I was faced with a decision: I loved my job, I loved breastfeeding, and I loved my son so I made the decision to make it work no matter what.