Tips for Breastfeeding While Traveling
The key to traveling while still breastfeeding is to be prepared. Understanding the travel times, location, stops and cultural sensitivities, will all help to make your travel stress free.
Before committing to a travel destination check out the cultural sensitivity toward breastfeeding in public. This information can be easily found by contacting your local embassy or department of foreign affaires and trade. They will be able to give you great advice on the do’s and don’ts in different countries around the world.
It is always advisable to take a breastfeeding cover or shawl with you to assist in breastfeeding when in public areas.
Do your research and plan your travel on a family friendly airline. This information can be obtained from the airlines direct and or by asking family and friends about their own travel experiences.
If you are traveling alone, be sure to ask for assistance. More often than not, airline staff will be happy to assist in carrying a bag for a mother traveling alone.
Check with your health care provider regarding the immunization requirements should you be traveling abroad.
Breast milk will offer your baby some protection, however will not protect against all diseases. In some cases your doctor may suggest you get your baby immunized earlier than originally planned. Medical advice is always recommended.
Wear cool comfortable breastfeeding friendly clothing and nursing bras. They will help to assist in easy discrete feeding.
Slings and or baby carriers are a must have when traveling. They allow you to keep your baby close and comforted with the added advantage of a free pair of hands!
Carry your valuables on your body, especially if you are travelling alone. Woman traveling alone with children can be a target to thieves. Avoid placing anything of value in carry on bags as these can be very quickly taken should you become distracted.
It is advised to feed as often and on demand as needed. If flying it is particularly important to feed your baby during take off and during the decent. This will help to avoid a build up of pressure in your baby’s ears, which can be very painful and distressing.
Drink plenty of water whilst traveling. Avoid sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as these will dehydrate you (dehydration and can affect your milk supply).
Always carry bottled water with you. In some countries the tap water is not suitable.
Take plenty of nutritious snacks with you. Snacking regularly will help to keep your energy levels up and help with your milk production.
Take a breast pump with you. Be sure to take cords with the correct voltage and or adaptors for the country you are travelling too. Should you decide to use it make sure you use sterilized water to clean the bottles and devices, to avoid sickness.
In summary we suggest you do the following:
- Check out the location and cultural sensitivity to Breastfeeding
- Plan your trip
- Fly on a family friendly airline
- Ask for assistance if travelling alone
- Get immunized
- Wear cool, comfortable Breastfeeding friendly clothing
- Use a sling or baby carrier
- Keep your valuables close
- Breastfeed often
- Breastfeed on the take off and decent of the air craft
- Keep hydrated
- Eat regularly
- Take a breast pump
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