5 Tips for Keeping Breastfeeding Going When You Travel
As any breastfeeding mama knows, being away from your kiddo is doubly tough when you’re 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’re 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.
1. Research the airports before you fly. If you’re flying and planning to bring back your breast milk, you’ll 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’t have to adhere to the limited amount of liquids. But if you’re flying internationally, you’ll want to read the airport’s specific regulations ahead of time. You don’t want to end up like this poor mama who had to dump 500 ounces (UGH!) at Heathrow airport because she wasn’t allowed to fly home with her stash. When you’re 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 pump ($42) and a hands-free pumping bra.
I’d 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’re done! I suggest you use batteries in the electronic pump — especially if you’re flying abroad — because you don’t 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’t have access to an outlet.
3. Call your hotel ahead of time. If you’re 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’re 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’re traveling internationally and you don’t speak the language of the country you’re 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’ll be gone for three days, you’ll 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’t 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’s 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’re trying to keep breast milk cool and most people will be very accommodating.
What are some of your best breastfeeding tips while traveling? Tweet us @BritandCo with your suggestions!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)