Breastfeeding and travel
Fresh mothers also need to travel from time to time. They face a real challenge when it comes to breast feeding: they can’t do it freely, or they can’t do it at all if their babies are not with them. First time mothers mothers might not know that breastfeeding is mandatory and the only way to feed a baby during the first 6 months, and recommended even beyond the age of 2, if possible, along with other foods. Here are some traveling tips for women who need to breast feed.
Planning in advance
Breastfeeding really means allowing the baby to nurse directly from the breast, however this is not always possible if you don’t want to do it in public and can’t find a quiet corner to do so. Analyzing the trip’s itinerary, you could call in advance the places to be visited to see if there are any locations on site where this can be performed. It is however recommended for nursing mothers to collect their milk in special baby bottles and have them on hand, should these places not be available. Offering the baby a bottle of milk is convenient and an efficient way of feeding him or her.
Learn about the laws and views of the place you’ll be traveling to
Breastfeeding is a natural act and the healthiest thing a mother can do for her baby. However, not all countries see it the same way, especially when it comes to nursing in public, straight “from the source.” You wouldn’t want to land in hot waters for indecent exposure in some parts of the world, so do your research on the topic, and always be prepared with milk bottles to be on the safe side.
Breast milk must be declared at security
Breast milk is not seen as liquid by the TSA, but as medication and this means it won’t follow the rule of 3.4 fluid ounces. It still must be declared as is is seen as medication. If you want to keep it cool, you can wrap the bottles in ice gel packs and ice packs, as they’re allowed in the carry-on bags.
Expressed milk must be refrigerated
As mentioned above, a mother’s milk must be cooled down if kept in a bottle. You should talk to the hotel’s staff about access to a fridge or freezer, to store your milk for a longer period of time. You can keep breast milk in a refrigerator for up to 5 days, and in a freezer for periods of time longer than that.
You must express milk on a regular schedule
A regular schedule for expressing milk is a must for the mothers who would like to have a longer nursing period. The schedule can boost the milk production or can prolong the time frame during which it is naturally produced by the body.
Allow the baby to nurse during take off and landing
Nursing the baby during these 2 critical points of a flight serves a double purpose: providing nutrition and calming the baby. The process also minimizes the ear pain and therefore the crying.