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pumping and pitching

February 19, 2015

Shortly after I started back to work after maternity leave my team had an opportunity to pitch for a large piece of business. For the next phase of the pitch, we were going to travel out of town to the client’s office where I’d be presenting with three partners from our agency. We decided to carpool to the pitch, about an hour and a half from Cleveland. We met on the outskirts of the city at a Cracker Barrel that morning. I was sure to get there early and pump in the car. I figured when we broke for lunch, according to our agenda, I’d take the opportunity to pump and then rejoin the meeting when it resumed. Easy peasy! Yeah…. not so much. We decided that the meeting was on such a roll – yay! – we’d work through lunch – yikes! And we did.

After we wrapped we promptly piled into our shared vehicle and drove home. As soon as we got back to town, the partners wanted to grab a drink to debrief. At this point, I was ready to burst. I had no choice but to excuse myself. So I let them know I’d meet them at the top of the hill for a drink in about 10 min.

I quickly pumped in the back of my car and popped up to the bar to meet them for a vodka rocks with blue cheese olives. NOTE: Yet another reason to ALWAYS have batteries and the battery pack in your pump bag – and a double electric pump.

Coordinating pumping can sometimes be logistically challenging, especially if you’re trying to seamlessly fit it into your schedule. Lucky for me at this point I wasn’t in dire need to pump, so it worked out. I was able to fudge a little because I knew I wouldn’t leak through my outfit. Had it been earlier in my return to work I probably would have had to insist on a break for lunch so that I could take care of business.

Moral of the story… Plan for it, be organized, know your limits and ask for what you need.


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