Travel Tips For the Breastfeeding Mom

Planning to fly with your baby? Tot Lactation Expert Rebecca Agi MS, IBCLC shares her top tips every nursing mom should know before traveling with her tot.

breastfeeding travel tips

At first thought, traveling with a breastfeeding baby may seem difficult, but with some thinking ahead, it doesn’t have to be.

Figuring out what to pack, which seat to book, and what to wear can help take the stress out of travel.

In this article, we’ll look at:

  • Tips for breastfeeding in an airport
  • Tips for breastfeeding on an airplane
  • The best clothing to wear for breastfeeding
  • What to pack in your carry on if you’re breastfeeding

Scroll down to learn more.

 

Tips for breastfeeding in an airport:

Sometimes you’ll need to feed while literally going through security. Other times, you can have a bit more privacy and a whole lot less distractions! Here are our tips for breastfeeding in an airport:

 

Look up the family-friendly lounges

 

Depending on the length of your layover or how far in advance you need to get to an airport, it could be worth looking into passes for a family-friendly lounge. Many times there are passes included with credit cards or through points programs. Other times, you can simply purchase a drop in pass. Inside, you’ll have access to much more comfortable chairs, potentially a room dedicated to feeding, and space to stretch out and re-group before boarding.

You can also check to see if there is a complimentary family change room. You can do this by visiting the airport’s website.

 

Find a Mamava Nursing Pod

 

Alternatively, you can also check to see if the airport you’re going to has a Mamava Nursing Pod. These innovative pods provide a clean, private space for nursing and pumping moms. You can search for a list of airports that offer this nursing amenity via Mamava locations.

 

Tips for breastfeeding on an airplane:

 

Reserve your seat in advance

 

Your seat is the best place to feed your baby on an airplane. Depending on your nursing style, reserve an aisle or window seat. If privacy is your preference, the window seat is perfect as it allows you to turn your back to other passengers and get the baby latched on. As an added bonus, you’ll also have a nice ledge to rest your arm on. If privacy isn’t a priority, the aisle seat will give you a little extra elbow room and the freedom to stand up and walk around with your tot once the pilot says it’s ok. Just watch out for the drink cart!

 

Nurse upon takeoff and landing

 

Changing cabin pressure during a flight can cause ear pain. To help equalize the pressure in your baby’s ears, breastfeed during takeoff and landing and anytime you notice the pressure getting rough on your own ears. But if your baby is able to sleep through it, just let them.

 

Stay hydrated

 

You need to stay well hydrated while breastfeeding, but especially when flying, since cabin pressure can make you feel a little more dehydrated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you’ll need “frequent and unrestricted nursing opportunities” to maintain your milk supply while traveling. To ensure proper hydration, pack an empty water bottle and refill it before boarding or purchase a large water bottle after going through security.

 

 

The best clothing to wear for breastfeeding:

You’ll want to dress in a comfortable, two-piece outfit for the flight. Wearing a loose top over a nursing tank top is also a good idea as it allows you to breastfeed and cover the baby without exposing your entire midsection. Scoop neck or V-neck tops also work well as they are easy to pull up or down. If you’re wanting to wear a dress, just ensure that it buttons down for easy access.

 

A woman wearing the Blanqi nursing support tank

 

BLANQI Lift-Up Access Underbust Postpartum and Nursing Support Tank

 

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A woman wearing a BLANQI nursing tank

 

BLANQI Pull-Down Postpartum and Nursing Support Tank

 

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What to pack in your carry on when breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding on a plane can actually make travel easier since you won’t need any bottles. At the same time, you will want to pack some extra gear. If you’re traveling with someone else you can stow these items in the overhead compartment, but if you’re flying solo it’s best to keep it under the seat in front of you.

Here’s what to should consider packing with you:

  • Burp cloths
  • Swaddle
  • Breast pads (if prone to leaking)
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Extra diapers (your baby may feed more for comfort)
  • Wet wipes
  • A change of clothes for both you and your baby
  • Wet bag (to store messy clothes and burp cloths)

Scroll down to discover our picks for each.

 

hart + land organic cotton burp cloths

 

HART + LAND Organic Cotton Burp Cloths – 3 Pack

 

$34

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LouLou Lollipop Odessa Swaddle rolled up

 

Loulou Lollipop Odessa Swaddle

 

$25

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Kushies Nursing Pads

 

Kushies Nursing Pads (6 Pack)

 

$10

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Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in Misty

 

Nook Niche Organic Feeding Pillow

 

Ranging from $119 to $129

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Coterie Diapers 1 Month Supply

 

Coterie 1 Month Supply of Diapers 

 

$94.99

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Coterie Baby 8-Pack Wipes

 

Coterie 8-Pack of Wipes (56 in each)

 

$47.95

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#TotTip

If you nurse your tot often on the flight, you’ll want to plan for extra diaper changes. Almost all airplane bathrooms have a changing table, but you’ll still want to change baby right before boarding the plane to maximize the time until the next diaper change.

 

 

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