Breastfeeding And Travel
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How do I handle breastfeeding when I’m traveling?
If you're a breastfeeding mom and your infant isn't yet at the solid feeding stage, you do have a simpler task of feeding baby. However, we know that breastfeeding, especially when traveling, does present its own set of challenges. So here are our suggestions for breastfeeding while traveling.
- Consider carrying your baby in a pouch or sling, which helps to facilitate easier breastfeeding, especially when you're on the move.
- Dress in clothing that makes it easier to breastfeed discreetly. Wear a nursing tank under a loose blouse. Get a few tops designed just for nursing. Or consider throwing on a shawl or a blanket over your shoulder.
- On the plane, take a seat by the window. If you're traveling with your spouse, use him as your buffer to the rest of the plane. It's helpful to nurse an infant during take-off and landings to ease the discomfort due to change in air pressure.
- When you're out and about, look for the women's lounges in department stores, dressing rooms in boutiques, baby centers at amusement parks, family centers at airports, and quiet benches at the park. Your own car is a great way to nurse in semi-private. Remember, there are sometimes when there really is no private place to nurse, so you'll just have to make do with some discretion and perhaps a blanket.
- Remember that breastfeeding your child is a positive and natural way to bond and provide nourishment for your baby. A woman in the U.S. has a constitutional right to breastfeed her child in any location she can go to legally. If you have concerns about laws regarding breastfeeding in your state, you can refer to the La Leche League Website (www.lalecheleague.com), which provides comprehensive legislative information on breastfeeding in each state across the U.S.
- If you're in a foreign, country, try doing some research ahead of time on the customs and laws on public breastfeeding. Try observing the local culture to observe what's acceptable and what's not in terms of breastfeeding.