1. Understand TSA regulations.
Moms flying with breast milk are permitted to bring more than three ounces, but it has to be declared for inspection. Tell one of the officers you have it with you and they will instruct on the process.
2. Buy your own water.
Don’t use the water from the faucet in a public restroom or out of a water fountain. Who knows where that water originates? Buy a few bottles of water so you know it’s clean.
3. Wear comfortable clothing.
Wear some easily accessible clothing that lets you access your breasts for nursing without undressing entirely. Pair your favorite nursing top with a quality nursing bra. You want a bra that’s comfortable and fits well. Nizo Wear nursing bras even come with a pocket in the pull-down flap that holds a nursing pad or warm/cold pack for extra comfort.
4. Bring a nursing cover
If you are shy about exposing your breast in public, bring a nursing cover to drape over your shoulder. The Nizo Wear has nursing covers that double as a stylish scarf. Another great, practical product that helps keep your shirt up and out of the way while you navigate nursing under a cover, is Latch Pal. You might want to use it a few times at home to help you and your child become comfortable with the process so you are calm and baby doesn’t protest during the flight/ride.
5. Check the local laws.
Just about every state has a law that protects women who choose to breastfeed in public (what's up Idaho?). Check ahead to make sure you are being compliant.
6. Bring your nursing pillow.
A quality nursing pillow is great for nursing any time, but especially for traveling. When you’re on the road or cramped in an airplane, it’s tough to get yourself into a comfortable position to feed your baby. Comfort is key!
7. Pump more than you think you will need.
If you’re traveling away from your baby, pump enough breast milk for the length of your vacation and then a little more. After that, pump a little more. Play it safe so the caregiver isn’t forced to figure out another option. If you are taking your baby with you, but do not want to breastfeed on the plane or in the car, bring more than you need to account for spoilage (it happens if you can’t keep it cold) or an extra hungry baby.
8. Make sure you have the proper adapters/gear for your pump.
If you are traveling to another part of the world, make sure your pump is compatible with the outlets in that region. It’s also great to bring an extra set of accessories just in case. Additionally, if you are looking for an amazing bag to make traveling with your pump easier check out Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bags; they are stylish and AMAZINGLY functional with thermally-lined pockets to keep your precious pumped milk cold!
9. No need to apologize.
Some women feel badly about breastfeeding in a public place like an airport, plane, bus, or rest area. However, you should never feel like you have to apologize for feeding your child. It’s your right and duty as a mother. Seriously, most people understand, don’t care and often times don’t even notice if you are nursing. Just to be safe, it wouldn’t hurt to have a prepared comment ready in case someone decides to share their opinion with you about how or where you should feed your baby.
Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a warm or cool pack, helping bring moms relief and healing, while being extremely comfortable and super chic. All styles also include removable molded pads that provide discreet coverage when you want it; while giving you the freedom to take them out when you don't.
Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. After experiencing breastfeeding discomfort, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.
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