TRAVEL HACKS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
Nurse your baby on the move
Breastfeeding on the go, tends to stir up some apprenehsions among many waomen today. While some mothers are confident to breastfeed in public and whilst travelling, the government protects a women’s right to feed her child wherever her child needs to feed. For those women who are sceptical and apprehensive about their safety when it comes to nursing, a shawl, dupatta, swaddle or nursing cape provides the necessary privacy they desire. Over time, a nuring mother can get so good at breastfeeding in public that it is hard for those around to know what they are doing. When in doubt, you can always seek help and support from various groups and forums. For example, you can join the Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mums on Facebook and ask countless women to share their experiences with you. For a travelling mother who chooses to breastfeed while on road, it may initially seem like a challenge but the answers to these challenges are less complicated than you might think. Here are a list of things you can do before you leave:
There’s never enough:
Knowing your travel dates is always a blessing as you can prepare accordingly for you and your baby. Calculate the number of days you will travelling for and pump milk accordingly, because while you might be comfortable feeding in public it’s not always possible to do the same. Therefore, having a couple of milk bottles ready is always good option.
Pump and run:
Speaking of supply, make sure you keep your milk pumped and properly stored while you are away. Moreover, make it a point to pump often. The logistics of travelling with a breast pump is the best hack! Ensure to keep a charged breast pump so you can maintain your pumping schedule along with sterilised pumping bags and a lanolin-based nipple cream.
Hydration is the key to proper milk supply
When you’re breastfeeding, it’s essential to keep hydrated as your body is working extra hard to produce fluids to nourish your baby. Drinking lots of water is the secret behind maintaining a healthy supply of breast milk.
Find a nursing-friendly shirt
To make breastfeeding achievable, expecially when you may want a little more privacy, a go-to option is a nursing cape. However, if you don’t have one handy, a nursing-friendly shirt is a quick solution. The best way is to try the two-shirt method where you just have to lift one shirt up to feed your baby. This trick will help you feel more comfortable as the top shirt will cover the top portion of your breast and the second is covering your belly.
Use a scarf as a nursing cover
While travelling, a lightweight cover up or an infinity scarf is a great alternative to a nursing cover and serves multiple purposes. Not only are they a fun way to dress up an ordinary outfit (maternity wear isn’t always stylish), they also make it super easy to get a little privacy for nursing in public!
Stock up on nursing pads
Every nursing mother, at some point, experiences that moment of let-down when your body signals that it’s time for a feed, regardless of whether your baby is hungry or not. No one likes staining their clothes especially in unexpected places and at awkward times. Whether you like the disposable or washable kind, nursing pads make your life a lot easier and can definitely help you avoid embarrassing situations!
Try the hair band hack
When you are feeding your baby at night and you are switching from one breast to the other, you tend to forget which breast you last fed from. Wearing a hair band on the breast you are feeding from helps to remind an exhausted new mom what side she should start feeding from in the next session. Another hack is nursing clips that you can attach to your bra.
Stay happy and healthy
If you usually have few issues with milk supply, consider three main factors that can influence milk production: hydration, food, and sleep. These factors can fluctuate in the chaos of a travel day, and simply maintaining an awareness of your food and water intake, as well as your daily rest, will go a long way towards ensuring your baby is happily fed each day.
Pack the essentials
The right gear will smoothen the entire experience. Pick a wheeled suitcase that easily glides through the airport—four-wheeled suitcases tend to work best for traveling parents. Make sure to carry a comfortable day bag in which can store everything you need for a day of sightseeing with your little one. There is no need to cancel your travel plans, particularly if you are a nursing mother. All you have to do is travel smart so that you and your baby enjoy your trips together.