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December 6, 2017
For parents with a newborn, traveling during the holidays (or really anytime) can get frustrating or confusing when it comes to knowing what to bring to cater to your infant's needs. While it might be a bit more challenging to travel with your new baby, especially if you are using a breast pump regularly, there are lots of great tricks to help make things run smoothly. Don't let a newborn deter you from traveling!
Traveling with an infant has some great perks.
Breastpumping while traveling can seem like a nightmare. Making sure you're not forgetting any parts and that you have enough bottles can be stressful for first-time travelers. A checklist can help keep everything organized and will allow you to organize your supplies and needs prior to leaving your house.
Storing techniques for traveling go back to the cooler set and breast milk storage bags. Having a properly insulated cooler with a cooling device will help until you reach your destination with a refrigerator or freezer. Pumping into bags helps to minimize space in the freezer/refrigerator, which is something to consider if you are staying in a hotel and the refrigerator is small. If you are flying, TSA needs to be notified that you have a breast pump, and you should make sure your ice packs are frozen before going through the security check.
Different airports have different security procedures that they have to follow. This sometimes means security will have to check everything thoroughly, and most likely TSA will want to know that you are carrying the pump and supplies. It's always easiest to check online before getting to the airport to ensure that everything you pack is compliant with airport security rules. For more information about the TSA check out our blog, Flying With Your Pumping Supplies!
Traveling with a newborn can be exciting, inexpensive and easier than most new parents think! If you are pumping, remember to bring all the parts and spare parts you might need. Your family is a great support system for pumping and helping out with your newborn during your visit. This is a great time to see how your infant reacts to new people as well.
Always remember to look at the flying rules before you embark on your trip to the airport. TSA and airports are generally more accepting than in past years as breast pumping becomes more popular, but always keep TSA informed just in case. Traveling early with your new baby is a great way to start making memories with your growing family!
Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.