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When you’re breastfeeding, travel can be a hassle. While traveling with a breast pump is essential, it can be quite a challenging. From how to breastfeed on-the-go, to essential breast pumping items, here’s everything you need to know about breast pumping while traveling.
Essential items to make breast pumping easier while traveling:
Wireless breast pump
Traveling with a breast pump can be a real hassle, especially if you need to find a clean, sanitized area where you can have the privacy to breast pump. However, with a wireless breast pump, you can just attach it to your breast comfortably inside your bra and let it do its magic, silently with no cords, wires, or hands needed. This can be a life-saver while traveling.
If you need to take your breast pump off or put it on, having a nursing cover will make your life a whole lot easier. Just put that cover on whether you’re on a plane, in the car, in transit, or even sitting in a restaurant and it will make breast pumping a lot easier.
It’s not news that you need to clean your breast pump straight after using it to keep it safe and prevent germs or bacteria from forming. While the CDC recommends you clean your breast pump with soap and water, that isn’t always possible during travel. That’s why having cleaning wipes specific for pumping is a great option to help you breastfeed while traveling and keep your baby safe.
What happens if you’ve pumped and it’s not feeding time or you have a larger milk supply than needed? That’s why having a cool bag is essential to keep your pumped milk supply refrigerated and cool. It is best to refrigerate rather than freeze when you’re on the go in case the milk defrosts as it will only be suitable for 24 hours before going bad.
Are breast pumps allowed on planes?
There are no rules prohibiting you from taking your breast pump on your flight. However, this is no waiver that allows you to count it as an extra carry-on. While many airlines are usually quite lenient with breast pumps and consider them as medical devices, it is possible it will be counted as an extra carry-on.
How to travel with breast milk by plane
We all know the airline rules that restrict taking more than 100 ml of liquids on your flight. The question is, does that apply to breast milk too? The answer is no. According to the TSA, you are allowed to take breast milk with you on your flight even if you do not have your baby with you. However, it may be subjected to screening or testing to make sure it does not contain any explosives.
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