There is a possibility that I will be invited for an interview with a major company on the opposite coast of the country, and I am an exclusively breast feeding mom. I am going to take my new baby and DH on the trip for sure (we are looking to relocate there, so this doubles as househunting trip). Typical interview trips work out as follows: you fly in one evening, interview runs the whole business day next day, say 9 a.m to 5 p.m., and then you can fly back the day after. But many things are still freaking me out - please advise!!
(1) I have built up a decent supply of breastmilk in the freezer. What is the best way of transporting it over? This milk is probably going to be very useful for the whole day that I have to be away.
(2) How can I deal with engorgement discretely? I have quite a good double breast pump, but I am going to need to ask them for 15-20 min to myself at least once (say during lunch) when I can pump, and this is going to open up a whole can of worms about me being a breastfeeding mother of a newborn. I am not sure this is something I want to bring up during the interview. While I know that companies cannot discriminate based on this, and some mothers are going to say why would I want to work for a company that does not have mother-friendly policies, the sad reality is that discrimination is possible and potentially not provable, and I would really like to have a fair chance to get this job. So does anyone have any ideas of how I can deal with this?
My husband is already leaning towards caving in and going the formula route, but my baby is not even 3 months and I really don't want to do that.
Do any breastfeeding Moms have interview experiences? How did you deal with these problems?
TIA for your input!