Breastfeeding and pumping while travelling
• Guest post by Tracey from Cake Maternity •
Travelling with a baby can be stressful. Planning your trip to allow plenty of downtime for feeding, nappy changes and cuddles can help.
To make trips easier, here are some important things to know when travelling while breastfeeding.
Check the airline policy
It is a good idea to check with the airline regarding the airport and their policy for taking milk on board the aircraft.
Most airports are very understanding of taking milk through security, Whilst uncommon, you may be required to taste some.
Carry expressed milk in sealed containers in a cooler bag. Using an ice pack can keep the milk fresh for up to 24 hours.
A breast pump is considered a personal item and can be carried on just as a laptop can be. That is assuming it is a small portable one.
Once again check with the airline on their policy, as they can differ from airline to airline.
Aisle seat is best
An aisle seat is generally the best seat should you want to breastfeed on the plane.
The aisle seat will give you plenty of elbow room and will allow you the freedom to get up and down, as you need to.
Where possible it is a good idea to feed your baby whilst the plane is taking off and landing. It is during these times that pressure can build up in baby’s ears and can cause a tremendous amount of pain.
Feeding will help avoid this problem and keep baby calm.
Drink plenty of water as flying can dehydrate you. Avoid too many sugary drinks.
Pack plenty of small healthy snacks in your hand luggage to avoid long waits for served meals. This way you can keep your energy levels up.
Take the time to sleep while the baby is sleeping. This is particularly important on long flights.
Rest is essential to help keep you calm and alert.
The great thing about travelling by car is that you have more flexibility and the freedom to take a short break when needed.
Before you leave
Feed baby before you leave. This will allow a few hours of uninterrupted travel time before the next feed.
Place a shade directly over the window closest to the baby. This way they will not be woken by the hot sun or glare in his or her eyes.
Keep the car air temperature to a comfortable level. This way baby stays warm and is less likely to wake.
Keep a toy or mobile close to baby’s car seat. This way when he or she wakes they can keep themselves amused for a bit.
If you can, sit in the back with your little one. This way you can keep an eye on him or her. Baby will also feel more secure if they can see you.
Check to ensure the baby’s seat is secure and installed properly. Should you have any doubt, get it checked well before you plan to leave on holiday.
Ready to go
Be packed and ready to go before baby is put into the car. Fill the car with fuel before you leave so you can get on the road as soon as possible.
Must have items for breastfeeding mothers
Being prepared is essential. Take extra items for emergencies, as babies can be unpredictable. Suggested items include:
- Cover up
- Breastfeeding tanks and nursing bras
- Outerwear that makes access to the breast easy and discrete
- Change of clothes in case of accident
- Healthy snacks
- Burp clothes
- Wet wipes
- Ziplock bags for soiled and dirty garments
- Baby carrier
- Easy to carry baby bag or backpack
- Change of baby clothes (warm)
- Comfortable clothing
- Baby’s favourite blanket
- Portable stroller (folds down small)
Tracey Montford from Cake Maternity
Like many women out there, Tracey Montford is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively.