Traveling on an airplane can be an extremely stressful experience for anyone. If you're a nursing mother who's traveling — with or without your baby — you may find yourself in a situation where you need to pump your breast milk. After all, no one wants engorged boobs on an airplane when things are already uncomfortable enough. Most moms would agree that nursing and pumping can be really hard in a cramped, aluminum space, but it's probably best that you just do it should the need arise. Thankfully, there are some pumping hacks when traveling on an airplane.
It should be made clear that a mother has every right to pump or nurse on an airplane. A happy and healthy baby is the most important point here, and should be everyone's goal. There is sometimes a lot of scrutiny against nursing and pumping mothers when they do it in public, but as Fox News reported, most airlines with policies aimed at nursing mothers state that a mother is not prohibited from breastfeeding on a plane (Hopefully this extends to pumping as well, although the language is a little vague). Those airlines that don't have explicit policies regarding nursing state that they respect a mother's right to breastfeed.
With legalese and policy aside, there are ways to make yourself feel more comfortable pumping on the plane. Here are nine tips for pumping with ease on an airplane.