TIPS for Traveling as a Pumping Mother
Recently, I have created a post about my checklist of items for breast pumping while I am on travel away from the baby. In this post, I will share you my tips to further make it possible for you to easily commit to breastfeeding. But first, I strongly suggest you check my previous post first so it’s easier for you to catch up with the terms I will be using in this post.
Tip # 1. If staying overnight, make sure your accommodation has a mini ref or best a chiller. If you need to call the hotel or accommodation, do so. But more often than not, you will see this info in their website.
Tip # 2. Learn your pumping schedule. Know on how many hours can you endure the pain of engorged breast without pumping.
Tip # 3. Learn your itinerary for your trip. It is important that you can already estimate and strategize your exit plans on a seminar or in a meeting, or in a trip.
Tip # 4. Make sure you to have a complete set of pumping essentials. Check my list here.
Tip # 5. Once in your destination, check the areas where you can possibly pump. Once in a conference at a big hotel, I did my pumping in their handicapped comfort room. These room are usually spacious, clean and has the changing table usually intended for babies. This may be an issue for some, but I was comfortable with that rest room since it was in a 5-star hotel plus I had to sanitize the changing table first. You can also ask around if they have a breastfeeding room, because some already do. Take note, if you are not comfortable on the cleanliness of the area, look for another one. There are times where in I had to make my way to go back to my hotel or worst would be to endure the pain until I get back to the hotel.
Tip # 6. In the airports, declare your breast pump bag (with the insulated bag) as medical equipment so this may be allowed as an additional hand carry bag.
Tip #7. If staying in a hotel or resort that does not have a ref, ask the front desk or concierge to freeze your milk for you. Then just get your frozen milk when you check out. Make sure to label your bags and inform them that it is breast milk so they won’t mix it up or put it near frozen meat in their freezers.
Tip # 8. If you need to stay longer in a trip, make sure you leave enough stock milk at home with your baby. Before my first time to be away with the baby, I had to pump at home every time I nurse my baby.
Tip # 9. If you’re using an electric breast pump, have a battery pack. Be ready for not all areas may not have an electric socket available. Buy longer lasting batteries.
Tip # 10. If traveling to a different country, research on their usual electric socket. Bring an adapter if necessary.
There you go, I hope you find all these tips helpful so your breastfeeding journey is easier even when traveling either on a business or leisure trip. Good luck! 🙂