"Milkman" is a gendered term. I realise that having milk delivered every morning stopped being common before gender-neutral language started to become popular, but still, there must have been female people with that job at some point, and I'm wondering if a gender-neutral term was ever in use at any point.
I'm looking for a gender neutral term, rather than a specifically female one.
The reason is that I want to use a milkman as an illustrative example in an academic paper, so an example sentence would be something like
Consider a _______ who has to deliver milk to n houses.
The idea of a milkman fits well with what I want to show, but I strive to make all my examples gender-neutral, so it bugs me that the term for this job is inherently gendered.
Words like courier or delivery driver won't work for me, because it's important that the thing being delivered is the same for every house, rather than an individual package with an address on it.