I get a lot of questions from readers about breastfeeding while traveling, and evidently I’m not the only one. Last week The Juggle featured an article with tips about how to do it successfully. It is absolutely allowed, and completely doable. The main points from The Juggle:
- Prepare ahead of time. Build up your supply before you leave, and make sure your baby will take a bottle. Also, call ahead and see if the office you are visiting has a place where you can pump.
- Carry on your pump. Just to avoid confusion with baggage screeners, take your pump in your carry-on bag.
- Arrange for a freezer. Call your hotel and let them know you will need a freezer in your room. Most hotel chains should be able to accommodate you.
- Tell the TSA you have breastmilk. When you go through security, let the TSO know that you have breastmilk. They should be able to screen it without it going through the X-ray machine.
Readers, have any of you traveled while breastfeeding? Any additional tips to share?