As any breastfeeding mama knows, being away from your kiddo is doubly tough when you鈥檙e missing your little one AND need to keep up your breastfeeding schedule to maintain your milk supply (though these lactation cookies can help). Services like Milk Stork or mobile breastfeeding trailers are some ways to make sure your little one gets all of your liquid gold, but if you鈥檙e planning a work trip or vacation sans baby, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to keep your leche flowing and bring it all back for your new baby. Here are five tips from one traveling breastfeeding mom to another.

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1. Research the airports before you fly. If you鈥檙e flying and planning to bring back your breast milk, you鈥檒l be fine in the US, since TSA allows you to bring breast milk and any accessories to cool the milk in your carry-on luggage. You don鈥檛 have to adhere to the limited amount of liquids. But if you鈥檙e flying internationally, you鈥檒l want to read the airport鈥檚 specific regulations ahead of time. You don鈥檛 want to end up like this poor mama who had to dump 500 ounces (UGH!) at Heathrow airport because she wasn鈥檛 allowed to fly home with her stash. When you鈥檙e at the airport, ask if your airline has a nursing room to pump privately.

2. Stock up on supplies. Here are the things I brought with me when I flew to France and planned on pumping while away from my twin girls: Plastic baggies to hold your breastfeeding gear, breast milk storage bags ($9), a cooler tote ($16), a nursing cover, my Medela Pump in Style Advanced ($300), rechargeable batteries, ice packs, quick clean wipes ($9), a manual hand聽pump ($42) and a hands-free pumping bra.

I鈥檇 recommend you test out all of these accessories ahead of time. For an easy and cheap hands-free pumping bra hack, buy an inexpensive sports bra, mark where your nipples are and cut an inch-long hole. You鈥檙e done! I suggest you use batteries in the electronic pump 鈥 especially if you鈥檙e flying abroad 鈥 because you don鈥檛 want to fry your pump with the different outlets. The hand pump is also great if your batteries die or you need to pump on the plane and don鈥檛 have access to an outlet.

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3. Call your hotel ahead of time. If you鈥檙e only gone for a day or two and your hotel room has a decent refrigerator, you can store your breast milk in the fridge. But if you鈥檙e going to be gone longer or you need to transport your breast milk a long distance, call your hotel and find out if you can use the freezer in their kitchen. Most hotels will accommodate your request. If you鈥檙e traveling internationally and you don鈥檛 speak the language of the country you鈥檙e visiting, be sure to make it clear that you want your breast milk stored in the same place as the ice, otherwise it might end up in the refrigerator.

4. Create a stockpile. If you have a few weeks before your travel date, put together a pumping schedule. For example, if your babe eats 24 ounces in a day and you鈥檒l be gone for three days, you鈥檒l want to stockpile 72 ounces of milk in your freezer. Break up the milk into 3- to 4-ounce storage bags, just in case your little one doesn鈥檛 finish their meal. For guidelines on storing breast milk in the freezer or fridge, the parenting website Kelly Mom has a simple chart that explains it all.

5. Ice, ice baby. Get comfortable with asking for ice. I decided to bring my frozen breast milk as my carry on. After working so hard to pump about 100 ounces of liquid gold, I was too nervous to put it in my checked baggage. I used my cooler, stuffed it with the frozen breast milk bags and ice packs. While in the airport, I stopped at my airline鈥檚 lounge and asked for ice to keep everything cold. During the flight, I used my hand pump and then asked the flight attendants for ice to store my fresh milk in this carry-on cooler ($25). It might be awkward to ask for that much ice, but just mention that you鈥檙e trying to keep breast milk cool and most people will be very accommodating.

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