Travel and Flying While Breastfeeding

September 27, 2011
Travel and Flying While Breastfeeding

It’s exciting to go visit family and friends, but you may be wondering how to prepare for breastfeeding during travel. Don’t let the thought of traveling scare you. Take that family vacation, trip to visit grandma and grandpa, or just a weekend away to enjoy the fall colors. Let us be your guide as we provide you with tips to make your trip comfortable and convenient, so you can focus on the family fun ahead.

What to pack for traveling with an infant:

  • A list a breastfeeding resources surrounding your destination. If you run into any breastfeeding troubles throughout your trip, you will know where you can find resources near you. To find Medela retailers and Certified Nursing Centers near your vacation spot, visit: http://bit.ly/BNN_Medela. Also, iPhone users can use Medela’s iBreastfeed app to find breastfeeding and pumping friendly locations nationwide.
  • A traveler’s health kit.  Most of the products included in a traveler’s kit are beneficial to a breastfeeding mom.
  • Breastpump & kit. Make sure you have all the breastpump parts and accessories you use on a regular basis. That will make for the smoothest transition for you and baby.
  • On-the-go cleaning supplies. Medela Quick Clean Breastpump and Accessory Wipes allow for easy and convenient cleaning without soap and water. They’re great for pumping on the go. Also, Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam bags thoroughly sanitize breastpump parts in about 3 minutes. They’re also ideal for storing pump parts between pumping sessions.
  • A baby sling. Keeping a baby at breast as much as possible during travel will help maintain your supply and comfort your baby in an unfamiliar environment. When traveling, a baby sling will not only provide relief from carrying your little one, but also help you to maintain supply. Check out some styles from Sleepy Wrap and Balboa Baby.

If you are flying, here are some tips for traveling with breastmilk:

  • Tell the security officer at the security checkpoint that you are carrying breastmilk.
  • Breastmilk can be carried on in quantities greater than 3 oz. but TSA encourages you to only carry as much breastmilk as you need to reach your destination.
  • Security officers cannot ask you to taste or test the breastmilk, however they may ask you to open the bottle during your screening.

Do you have traveling while breastfeeding tips of your own? Please feel free to post them in the comments below.

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