Traveling as a Pumping Mother – A Checklist
There is no doubt on how beneficial the breast milk is for the babies. It has been proven several times by multiple studies on the multiple benefits of breastfeeding your baby.
But never was I ever told how difficult, demanding and time-consuming this is. It’s a COMMITMENT. Especially to working moms such as myself. But good news is, it’s not impossible. Challenging, yes. But not impossible.
With my first baby, 5 years ago, I was unable to commit to 100% breastfeeding and I only lasted for 4 mos of 50-50 feeding (formula + breastfeed). This time, on my second baby, I got encouraged by my pediatrician to commit to it. She also recommended that I visit this lactation consultant in our city, which I did. I must say, she taught me lots of things I couldn’t even find thru my online research. One visit was enough to learn all the important things.
Breastfeeding as a working mom is already challenging, but so is traveling. My work requires me a lot of traveling and the day I got back to work after my 2-month maternity leave, my trips were already lined up for the next two months. On this post, I will share to you my checklist traveling away from your baby and still commit to breastfeeding.
Here are the things you need:
1. Breast Pump – find the best breast pump that fits your requirements. I may not be able to tell and recommend you the best ones, but do your research. On my end, I am using Avent Electric Breast Pump which was only handed down by a good friend (savings!), and I am truly happy with it. For the product, you may click here..
2. Milk Bags – These are where you store your milk, where in each drop is something you really work hard for. In my case, I use Jaco Perfection Breastmilk Storage Bags. This is the best selling milk storage bag in Korea, what I love about it is that each bag has double ziplock making sure it is leak proof and safe against contamination. It also has a temperature indicator to let you know if its ok or too hot to feed to your little ones. Click here for the product.
3. Insulated Bag – It is important to always keep your breast milk refrigerated and cold to prolong its life. For the shelf life of breast milk, I always refer to this:
But for the insulated bag, there are a lot of insulated bag in the market nowadays but most of them are a little bit expensive. I have also considered buying ice box/chest. But finally, I bought this insulated bag I found on facebook called SBC Surfxshop. Here’s how it looks like:
4. Ice Pack – in order for you to make sure your milk remains chilled is making sure you have a good quality of ice pack. Recently, we have discovered this amazing product called Techni-Ice where it remains cold longer than an ordinary ice pack. This one remains chilled from 12-24 hours in an insulated bag. Check it below:
5. Pentel pen / Marker
7. Sanitizer / alcohol
8. Nursing cover
9. Bottle cleaner
10. Universal Adapter
That’s all I bring every time I need to be away from home for more than 12 hours. For the tips on pumping while traveling. Check out my next post.