Flying with a breastfeeding baby can be challenging, but with a little preparation and planning, you can make the experience more comfortable for both you and your little one.
In this blog post, we'll discuss my top tips for breastfeeding mothers when flying with a baby.
Nurse during takeoff and landing: Breastfeeding can help alleviate the pressure caused by the change in air pressure during takeoff and landing.
Request a seat with more space: When booking your flight, consider requesting a seat with extra space to accommodate your breastfeeding needs.
Pack breastfeeding-friendly clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy access to breastfeed, such as tops with front openings or button-down shirts. I personally am a big fan of the options from Kindred Bravely (Code TWB15 will get new customers 15% off!)
Bring a breastfeeding cover: A breastfeeding cover can provide privacy and help create a cozy environment for your baby especially when sitting in a row with strangers.
Use a baby carrier: A baby carrier can make it easier to navigate the airport and provide a comfortable place for your baby to nap during the flight if you are flying with a lap infant. My current favorite is the Tula Lite, PERFECT for airplane travel. (Code: TWB10 for 10% off)
Don't forget a pump: Occassionally, you may run into trouble feeding baby from the breast during takeoff or at turbulent times during the flight. Having a back up plan can be really valuable in those moments and bringing a pump to quickly express some milk for baby can be that solution. Almost every airline allows you to bring a "pump bag" in addition to your normal baggage allowance. I use my Ternx Diaper Bag (Code: TWB10 for $10 off applied in link) as a pump bag for travel and it carries everything I need in an organized and easy to grab place.
Pack extra breastfeeding supplies: Bring extra nursing pads, nipple cream, and nursing bras in case of emergencies.
Plan to feed more often: Due to the change in routine, stress, and dehydration caused by the dry air in the plane, your baby may be hungrier than usual during the flight. Be sure to pack enough snacks and don't be surprised if you feed your baby more often than usual. For some, this may mean you need to plan for supplementation of either stored breastmilk or formula.
Pack snacks and drinks for YOURSELF: Staying hydrated and well-fed is crucial for breastfeeding mothers, so pack plenty of water and healthy snacks. This will also help with supply and keeping up with baby's own hunger.
Stay active on longer flights: If flying for more than two-three hours, don't forget to get up and walk around a bit. When breastfeeding you can be at a higher risk for blood clots so staying hydrated and moving those muscles can be incredibly helpful.
In conclusion, flying with a breastfeeding baby requires some extra planning, but with the tips mentioned above, you can make the experience more comfortable for both you and your little one. Remember to be flexible, patient, and prepared for any situation that may arise. Safe travels!