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Your guide to breastfeeding while travelling
Whether embarking on a day trip or jet-setting around the world, travel can provide an opportunity to make unforgettable memories with your child. But for new mums who are breastfeeding, it can also present a challenging – and sometimes awkward – experience in unfamiliar places.
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (1–7 August), here’s some advice on how to make breastfeeding while travelling so much easier for you and your family.
Travelling without your baby: Tips for pumping and storing breastmilk
If you're planning to leave your baby at home while you travel, such as for an overnight work trip, maintaining your milk supply will likely be at the front of your mind. Investing in a quality breast pump can be a lifesaver here. Whether it’s a budget-friendly Pigeon Manual Breast Pump for occasional pumping, or the GoMini Double Electric Breast Pump for travelling work mums, there are different products to suit your needs.
While on the move, make sure to pump regularly, especially during the times you would typically breastfeed your baby. It not only keeps your milk production steady but also relieves any discomfort. You will also need to store your expressed breastmilk properly. Our Breastmilk Storage Bottles (slim neck) are ideal, as they are leak-proof and take up very little space in your luggage.
Breastfeeding while flying
Flying can be a bit daunting for breastfeeding mums, but with just a little bit of preparation it can actually be smooth sailing. Before your flight, familiarise yourself with the airport security regulations around taking breastmilk and breastfeeding essentials in your carry-on luggage.
If you’ve pumped on the way to the airport or just before going through security, let the officers know that you have breastmilk in your bag. Most airports are breastfeeding-friendly and will accommodate your needs. If you need some privacy, most airports around Australia have designated parents’ rooms where you can breastfeed your little one or pump in comfort.
Bear in mind that international travel can affect your breastfeeding routine, especially with changing time zones. To help make the transition easier, try to gradually adjust your feeding schedule to match the new time zone. It’s important to be flexible to your child’s needs and patient as they adjust, as it may take a few days for both you and bub to settle into the new routine.
Breastfeeding in public while travelling
Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful act, but we know that some mums may find it nerve-racking in public. Remember, it’s your legal right to breastfeed in public in Australia – and most countries around the world. However, if you feel more comfortable with added privacy, carrying a lightweight nursing cover or poncho can provide some extra assurance.
When planning your itinerary, scout some breastfeeding-friendly spots or seek out baby-friendly cafes and restaurants with parents’ rooms. Taking deliberate breaks in these comfortable places will make the journey much more enjoyable for both you and your little one.
Breastfeeding on trains, buses or cruises
If you're using public transport, finding a peaceful spot to breastfeed might not always be possible. A baby carrier or sling can be a real game-changer here, helping you to conveniently carry your baby and breastfeed discreetly while on the move.
Cruises, on the other hand, offer a fantastic opportunity for relaxation and exploration, but they also present unique challenges for breastfeeding mums. If you need to, coordinate with the cruise staff to find quiet and comfortable areas (outside of your room) for breastfeeding your little one. Some cruise ships even have onboard nurseries, making breastfeeding more convenient.
Breastfeeding laws and custom in different countries
Understanding breastfeeding laws and customs in different countries is very important as a parent. Some countries have specific laws protecting the rights of breastfeeding mums, while others may have cultural norms that influence public breastfeeding.
Make sure you do your research beforehand and familiarise yourself with the local customs to feel confident while breastfeeding in a foreign country.
Pack travel-friendly breastfeeding products
Most importantly, make sure you have the right breastfeeding essentials before heading off on your travels. At Pigeon we have a range of travel-friendly breastfeeding products designed with mums in mind. From compact breast pumps to easy-to-use milk storage bags and more, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.