traveling for work first month postpartum
so, i'd love to get some of y'alls brilliant ideas just to brainstorm.
i'm due with my 2nd oct 21. i am also on the academic job market, which means this: when/if a job, wherever it is in the country, calls me, i might only have a week (or even less) before they'll want me to fly out and visit. these visits are typically 3 FULL LONG days & 2 nights. in my field, the first major wave of these visits happen in november; my colleague last year had 3 fly-outs in november. there may be some flexibility - for example, if they call i can request to come in as their 3rd (last) interviewee, which might buy me a week or two or three. but there also may not; it sometimes happens that they just move on to another person if you can't visit when they want you to (this happened to a friend of mine last year; the job wanted her to fly out 2 weeks postpartum after a c-section). i am the breadwinner for our family so these trips are not optional.
so: worst case scenario, if my baby comes late (1st came at 41+6, but i have the gut feeling this one will be early/earlier) and i get an early interview, i could need to travel at one week postpartum (which is my doctor's earliest allowable). and i could need to travel multiple times in the first month. this is worst case for baby & me personally, but of course best case professionally. i will not have teaching or other obligations during that time - i'll be on leave.
there will be different options, including potentially taking baby + a caretaker with me, or leaving baby and toddler at home with dad (SAHD) with some babysitting/daycare support, depending on when & where & how far away. and i'll be able to schedule pumping time in. but even if i took baby i will be away for 10-12 hours a day during the interviews. i also have an offer from a friend of some donor milk, because i may not be able to pump enough in advance to leave for 3 days.
my doula is an IBCLC and she will also help me through this, but there are so many wise people here i thought i'd see what your advice is and if there are things i haven't thought about. I know this is going to suck, and i've spent most of the pregnancy trying to prepare for it both logistically & emotionally.
oh, and my first birth was uncomplicated vaginal, no tearing, and i was (slowly) walking around at the dog park and doing stairs in my apartment at 4 days postpartum. i had essentially zero nursing problems, and plenty of milk (donated 500 oz in the first year), but i also don't want to get pumping so much/so early i cause oversupply problems. so i hope/expect things will go as smoothly this time, though of course i know these things are unpredictable.
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.