This is the busiest travel time of the year and you are pumping. Well, congratulations, this is usually when most moms stop pumping because of the hassle of traveling and pumping. But, remember, if you plan your pumping ahead of time, you will be more successful and be able to continue to give your baby that precious breast milk.
If you are staying in a relative or friend’s home, make sure to find and set-up a pumping spot as soon as you get there. If you have your own room, this will be pretty easy to create a nice, comfy spot. I admit that I normally found a spot in a bathroom, because I didn’t want to wake Gabrielle up in the middle of the night.
I remember when I stayed at a camp site with my in-laws when I was pumping. I brought a comfy blanket, set-it out in a corner by the bath, and had my pump ready with batteries (since the plug was too far away) and a magazine to keep me awake at 2:00 in the morning. And then I just covered everything up with the blanket when I was done, or bundle everything up into the blanket and move to an out-of-the-place. My family was very supportive and just worked around my breast pump set-up.
It can be difficult sometimes, especially, when routines change (such as traveling during the holidays), but the most important thing to remember is that it is only for a short time in your life to give your baby the best milk that you can.
What kind of tips do you have when traveling while breast pumping or breastfeeding? Let us know. Happy Traveling.