Going on a business trip thousands of miles away from your baby and needing to figure out a way to ship breast milk back is a logistical nightmare for many employees.
Goldman Sachs joins other companies that are looking to ease this burden that new working parents face. Goldman Sachs said it will start covering the cost of shipping breast milk for its nursing employees, according to an internal memo obtained by London’s Evening Standard. “Parenting and work can sometimes feel at odds. Goldman Sachs aim[s] to make the balancing act a little easier,” the company said. According to the memo, the bank will let U.S. employees ship breast milk overnight in a refrigerated shipping kit that can be delivered directly to their hotel room. For international employees, the bank will reimburse their refrigerating and shipping costs.
Why the perk of shipping breast milk matters
Goldman Sachs joins a group of tech and finance companies that have also been offering the perk to new parents. Back in 2007, Ernst & Young offered the breast milk shipping benefit, and in 2015 IBM, Accenture and Twitter followed suit.
For lactating employees, having a way to ship breast milk back home takes away the problem of keeping milk fresh or having to carry milk through airport security. As writer Laura June explained in The Cut, “Traveling is especially tough for breastfeeding mothers. You can’t just stop pumping for the duration of the trip: Your supply will dry up, and if you’re breastfeeding exclusively, your baby is going to need that milk. But breast milk can be so delicate. Unrefrigerated, it spoils after six to ten hours; on ice, it lasts 24.”
The move to help pay for these costs is a win-win for employees and employers. When you do not have to worry about the tradeoff of pumping milk on the go, you can better focus on your job, and in return, companies get to retain their hardworking nursing employees in the workforce.