Do any of you know of any companies/policies that support nursing moms who are required to travel for their job? My daughter is 5 months old so I am still her sole source of nutrition (and we have not yet started solids although we most likely will in the next month or so). I’ve asked my employer if (best case scenario) they would support paying for a caregiver to accompany me on business trips(the cost of one airline ticket per trip) so that we could maintain our nursing relationship. They have no policies or precedent for this and are only aware of one other company (Eli Lilly) who does offer that to their employees. I have already considered:
1. Pumping in advance of the trip to save enough while I am gone; however, I am a "low pumper" (3-5 oz every 3 hours) and I have trouble keeping up with my daughter's demand anyway, so the possibility of pumping enough to cover a 4-6-day trip seems impossible.
2. Fenugreek to boost my supply, but I don't want to become dependent on that. I understand it is natural, which is good, but that once you stop taking it your supply goes back down.
3. Giving her formula for just that first trip and pumping while on the road to save for the next trip, but I prefer to not give her formula if I can help it.
4. Paying for the caregiver's ticket out of pocket and declaring it as business expense/tax write off, but we are a single income family struggling to make ends meet...so a $300 ticket isn't really feasible.
I've looked in to state laws to find proactive breastfeeding legislation, but most only legally require an employer to provide a private room and refrigerator. The travel issue seems to be very specific to my case. I want to come up with a creative solution to make this work. Any creative solutions considering the mindset of the "mommy" and the "employer" (to be fair) is appreciated.