A Quick Primer for Breastfeeding Moms on the Go

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends moms breastfeed for at least the first six months of your baby’s life. If you travel frequently, there’s no need to toss that recommendation. Here are the tips you need to breastfeed on the go.

If possible, plan out your trips in advance, so you can coordinate care for your baby, which includes expressing—or pumping—milk to be stored.

You can store refrigerated milk for up to five days—a good option for a short overnight trip. For longer trips, freeze your milk ahead of time. When frozen, milk can be stored in your refrigerator’s freezer for up to six months or a deep freezer for up to one year.

If your infant is coming along for the flight…

Prepare for flying with an infant as you would for a day on the town running errands. Pack your day bag with a baby sling or a light covering as an extra measure of privacy for you. Some airports offer dedicated nursing spaces, so seek those out if you choose.

If you are carrying expressed milk onto the plane…

Let security know upfront about the expressed liquid, which exceeds the size regulations. Then, follow the standard procedures—tell security beforehand, and separate it from your other liquids.

If your infant is staying at home while you travel…

Thankfully, you already prepped your refrigerator and freezer with a healthy milk supply. Your next task is to pump on the go using your breastfeeding pump—manual or electric—to keep your milk supply intact. Store the expressed milk at room temperature for up to eight hours, or refrigerate it in a personal cooler or refrigerator. Use specially designed milk storage bags that can be labeled with the date or bottles with tight seals to keep milk safe from contaminants. Remember to transfer the milk to a refrigerator within 24 hours. Only freeze the milk if you can keep it frozen the entire trip.

Once you return home, transition back to your normal routine. Give you and your baby time to readjust, and call your doctor or lactation consultant with any questions.

Schedule doctor visits for your child online at EvanstonAnytime.com! Day or night, schedule appointments for next day and beyond with pediatricians Alan Brown, M.D., or Bird Gilmartin, M.D., here.

Drs. Brown and Gilmartin are members of the medical staff at Evanston Regional Hospital.