If there's one thing that induces anxiety among parents, it's the idea of flying with their kids. When you're breastfeeding, things can get even more complicated. Add in pumping to the mix and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for stress, anxiety and all out chaos. If you let your imagination run wild, that is. In reality, traveling while breastfeeding or pumping, is totally do-able with a little planning. For every mom who ventures on-board an airplane with her breast pump in tow, there are a few invaluable tips for pumping on a plane to make the trip as smooth and drama-free as possible.
Although I'm not the most experienced pumper out there, I have a few tricks up my sleeve from my travels. My husband and I recently went on vacation without our two girls, one of whom is currently nursing. In order to keep up my milk supply while I was away from her, I had to bring my breast pump and pump like a mad woman anywhere and everywhere that we went. On a bus? Yep. On the street? Sure. On an airplane? Been there done that.
If I can survive it, so can you. Whether you're travelling with or without your kids, putting these tips to good use will ensure smooth sailing...or, flying...for everyone.