Traveling without your baby when you are breastfeeding

Take time before you travel to plan out your breastfeeding routine.

If you are a breastfeeding mother it is important to plan accordingly if you are going to be traveling without your baby. It is important that breastfeeding is well established before any long separations from your baby and that you feel comfortable expressing milk and have built up a supply for use while you are gone. It is also important that your baby takes a bottle of expressed milk well.

Michigan State University Extension says that before you leave for your trip, make sure you pump enough milk for all the days you are gone, plus a few extra days in case you run into delays in your travel. If you are attending a conference contact the conference organizer to ensure there is a good place to pump. If you are traveling by air, call the airline to see what they have for pumping accommodations. Many airports have mother’s lounges or other accommodations for pumping mothers. It is important to not miss any of your pumping sessions even during the time when you are traveling. Make sure to carry your pump with you so you can pump when needed, regardless of delays or changes in travel plans. Before leaving on your trip make sure to pack extra replacement parts in case something breaks or is lost during your trip. Make a plan for how you will store your expressed milk while you are away.

When you arrive at your destination, try to stick to a pumping schedule, one that follows your babies feeding schedule. Pumping regularly is very important to maintain your milk supply. Even if you are unable to squeeze in a full pumping session, try to pump for a few minutes to help maintain your supply.

As you plan your trip home, make sure to be familiar with the rules for transporting your milk. The airlines generally post these rules on their websites. Make sure your milk stays at the necessary temperature to keep it safe and ready for your baby when you get home. Hurry home and give your baby some love!

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