Whether you're holidaying in the UK or abroad this summer, we've got some helpful tips that'll support your breastfeeding journey while you travel.
Our top tips for breastfeeding while travelling are:
- It’s worth looking at self-catering accommodation for more space and a fridgefreezer to store your expressed breastmilk stash.
- Prepare for take-off. If you’ll be traveling by air, try to sit in a window or aisle seat. This is not to hide away, but to be considerate of neighbours if your baby likes to kick and squirm while breastfeeding.
- A handy hint to stop babies’ ears getting damaged on the plane is to let them drink during take-off and landing.
- Drink plenty of water – you need to drink more when you’re breastfeeding, especially if you add hot weather and travelling into the mix.
- Pack some nipple cream such as HPA Lanolin to help soothe sore nipples - the 10ml tube is great for tight airport liquid restrictions, and you can leave your lip balm at home!
- Bring a breathable cotton scarf or muslin cloth so you can shield your baby from the heat and cover up if you’re feeling uncomfortable.
- Bringing a good breast pump is a must, such as the Single Electric Breast Pump from Lansinoh (don’t forget your adaptor!) – partners can share the responsibility of feeding and you’ll reduce your risk of painful complications like engorgement and mastitis.
- Become familiar with the breastfeeding laws at your destination so you know where you can and cannot breastfeed in public. Some states and countries have more strict rules against it than others. Be respectful of local practices.