Tips for Breastfeeding on a Plane for a First Time Mom
Breastfeeding mothers rejoice. You can do it on a plane! Solo business traveling males- have no fear, breastfeeding mothers are generally a discreet bunch when it comes to cramped modes of transportation, at least I was when breastfeeding on a plane.
Now before the bottle feeders get up in arms, please know that I have experiences bottle feeding a baby on a plane and successfully breastfeed on a plane as well. I have tips for bottle feeders too. For various reasons I couldn’t nurse my boys for very long, so bottle feedings were a regular fixture in my home and on flights. Baby bottles are definitely easier, but breastfeeding on a plane can be just as convenient, if not more so. Just think of all that gear you don’t have to pack! After all, breastfeeding on a plane comes with built in equipment.
Style tips when breastfeeding on a plane
The scarf. Now is the time to pull out all of those fabulous scarves and pashminas you have in your closet. Although companies are finally making attractive breastfeeding scarves, my favorite breastfeeding cover up with my boys was a black, slightly see through, wide scarf I picked up at H&M years back. I would wear it around my neck and then cross it over my youngest while I was feeding him. This gave my baby some air to breath (kind of important), I could peek at him while breastfeeding on a plane without disturbing his snacking, and no one could see my breast. I would build my entire travel outfit around this one scarf so I didn’t have to pack an extra cover up.
Tops. Just like when you are out and about at home, you will need a good nursing top when you are on a plane. GAP used to make a nursing tank top that I love that was easy to wear under any shirt, but sadly they stopped making it. Look for a breastfeeding top that pulls away quickly and easily. The last thing you need is a botched top with a starving, crying baby on a plane.
You won’t need bottles, but you will need your cover up of choice, an extra shirt in case of leaks, and a decent burp cloth. No one likes baby spit up all over them for an entire flight. If you plan to pump your breast milk, you will need to bring your breast pump, along with a small cooler bag.
If you need to keep breast milk cool, pack a bag of frozen grapes to put in your insulated bottle bag, and bring along a few extra Ziploc bags to fill with ice in the airport and on the plane. It’s easier than dealing with TSA and an ice pack when you need to store breast milk.
- Burp cloth
- Cover up
- Ziploc bag filled with frozen grapes if you plan to pump or bring breast milk
- Extra Ziploc bags to grab ice along the way or store messy clothes
- Breastfeeding pillow alternative. If you like your Boppy pillow but don’t want to haul it on board, use an airplane neck pillow instead. If gives your baby a squishy spot to stick their head and lifts them up a little.
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