Are you getting ready to go on a trip? Whether traveling for pleasure or work, plan ahead to make traveling successful while breastfeeding. Mapping out your trip and the supplies you will need to bring based on how long you will be gone and how you are traveling is well worth the effort. Even the most well-planned trip can have unexpected bumps in the road, like traffic while driving or flight delays. Keep that in mind when you pack your bags to be well prepared.
- Keep as close to the same pump schedule as possible - adjustments may need to be made, but try to continue to pump every 3-4 hours to protect and maintain your supply.
- Pump before you board the plane - going through the lines and getting settled on the plane all take more time than expected.
- The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act requires all large and medium hub airports to have non-bathroom private lactation spaces in each terminal building. (3) You can use a breastfeeding app like Mamava or Moms Pump Here lactation room locator to locate a pumping or nursing room where you will be traveling.
- Let the in-flight cabin crew know your needs when you board the plane - they are there to help and can make your pumping while flying manageable and comfortable. They will be able to direct people to the other restroom if you choose to pump in there instead of in your seat.
- Hands-free pumping is convenient while traveling - using Legendairy Milk silicone collection cups allows you to be hands-free and discreet while you pump your milk on the plane or anywhere.
- Dress in layers - a comfy sweater or light shirt can keep you comfortable and covered while you pump.
Learn how to hand express - a must for all! Knowing how to hand express means you always have a way to remove milk if you are delayed, your pump suddenly isn’t working right, or some other reason getting between you having full breasts and being able to remove milk no matter where you are.
Before setting off on a trip, take the time to pack essential items such as your pump, accessories, extra parts, bottles, snacks, and medications. Whether traveling by road or air, consider the guidelines you may have to abide by and the scenarios you may encounter. Familiarize yourself with TSA regulations for carrying breast milk and using airport lactation spaces. By preparing ahead and being informed, you can navigate any unexpected bumps and enjoy a smooth travel experience while continuing to provide for your baby's needs. Being on the move for work, visiting family, or going on vacation while continuing to provide your breast milk for your baby is easier to do with a bit of planning ahead. Each trip is different, so weigh all your options to decide what will work best for you. Happy travels!