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Employer Tips: Complying With the PUMP Act to Support New Mothers
1/30/24
Workplace Support, Employers

Employer Tips: Complying With the PUMP Act to Support New Mothers

Large corporations increasingly recognize the importance of family-friendly policies to attract and retain top talent. The recent U.S. legislation, the PUMP Act, is a significant step toward supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. Here, we look at the specifics of the new legislation and what steps enterprises are taking to support new mothers beyond mandates. Understanding the PUMP Act The PUMP Act, or Providing Urgent Maternal Protections, was signed into law in December 2022. Under this law, all companies must:…

Traveling to Mexico with Breast Milk? Here’s What You Need to Know
3/6/24
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

Traveling to Mexico with Breast Milk? Here’s What You Need to Know

Traveling to Mexico for a company off-site, or a much-deserved vacation away from baby? Here’s how to get every last drop of liquid gold home safely. Between its rich history, architecture, culture, beautiful beaches, and diverse terrain, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s truly no wonder that Mexico is one of the world’s most visited destinations. At this time of year, tourists and business travelers flock to Mexico. During high season (December through April), traveling to Mexico is especially…

Pumping, Working, Traveling: Challenges for New Moms In the Workplace
11/16/23
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding, Employers

Pumping, Working, Traveling: Challenges for New Moms In the Workplace

New moms returning to work encounter distinctive challenges that often go unnoticed. The delicate balance of managing career responsibilities, particularly involving travel, while navigating the demands of infant care can be an incredible task. This is compounded when that mother is breastfeeding. The ability to pump and deliver that nourishment to their baby while on the road is an intense undertaking that requires significant support. For employers, understanding and addressing these challenges isn't just a matter of empathy or compliance;…

The Only Checklist You’ll Ever Need to Travel with Breast Milk
8/8/23
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

The Only Checklist You’ll Ever Need to Travel with Breast Milk

Traveling with breast milk requires some planning and preparation. Here are some guidelines to help you travel with breast milk: Check airline rules. Before your trip, review the specific regulations of the airline you’re traveling with. Each airline may have different policies regarding carrying breast milk, so it’s essential to be aware of any restrictions or requirements. Get portable cold storage. Use breast milk storage bags or sterile containers to store your breast milk, making sure that your containers are…

How Long You Can Travel with Frozen Breast Milk May Actually Surprise You
7/13/23
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

How Long You Can Travel with Frozen Breast Milk May Actually Surprise You

The general rule of thumb is that fresh breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. However, freezing breast milk extends its shelf life significantly, allowing you to preserve the safety and integrity of your breast milk. So, how long can you travel with frozen breast milk? The answer depends on two factors: how you’re traveling and the cooling options available to you. Let’s start by defining “frozen.” The CDC considers breast milk frozen as…

Flying Internationally with Breast Milk? Read This First
12/22/22
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

Flying Internationally with Breast Milk? Read This First

Between packing, securing visas, and navigating customs, international travel can be stressful for new and seasoned parents alike. Breast/chestfeeding parents have the added challenges of pumping on the go and transporting breast milk between countries. And to make things more complicated, every country has its own rules when it comes to flying with breast milk. Ultimately, these rules come down to: The quantity of milk you are traveling with The state of your milk (frozen or liquid) Whether or not…

Flying with Breast Milk? Here’s How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Trip
7/13/22
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

Flying with Breast Milk? Here’s How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Trip

As we embark on a new post-pandemic reality, many of us are eager to leave our houses, unplug from Zoom, and hit the skies for summer vacation. If you gave birth during this unusual time, it may be baby’s first vacation and the first for you as a breastfeeding mom—so before you jetset, here’s what you need to know about flying with breast milk. 1. What is Actually Allowed to Be Carried On? Breast milk, formula, and juice are allowed…

Tips for Pumping Breast Milk While Traveling
12/20/21
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding

Tips for Pumping Breast Milk While Traveling

What you need for pumping on the plane: A diaper bag with your pump, bottles, and accessories Comfortable clothing that provides easy access Ziplock bags — these will come in handy when you’re storing your used accessories Wet wipes for easy cleanups Nursing blanket or a coverup to keep things discreet A good cooler bag to store your milk Flying with breast milk is allowed. Know your rights! Here is TSA’s policy for Screening Formula, Breast Milk, and Juice. Printing…

7 Best Hotels for Pumping Parents
7/8/21
Travel Tips

7 Best Hotels for Pumping Parents

As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting across the country, pumping parents are once again beginning to take flight. Experts predict the massive surge of travel this summer will continue, with business travel beginning to rebound in the fall. So know before you go! Read THIS helpful article of things you should consider before planning and heading out on your next adventure. Breastfeeding parents know a hotel room can make or break pumping logistics. So with that in mind, here are…

5 Things You Need to Know About Flying with Breast Milk
5/20/21
Travel Tips, Pumping & Feeding, Workplace Support

5 Things You Need to Know About Flying with Breast Milk

As we embark on a new post-pandemic reality, many of us are eager to leave our houses, unplug from Zoom, and hit the skies for summer vacation. If you gave birth during this unusual time, it may be baby’s first vacation and the first for you as a breastfeeding mom — so before you jetset, here’s what you need to know about flying with breast milk. 1. What is Actually Allowed to Be Carried On? Breast milk, formula, and juice…

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