Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Roadtrips and Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}

29 November 2012

Roadtrips and Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}

The holidays are here.  During which, many people travel near and far to see family and friends.  Charis was 4 weeks old when we first drove to see our family in Pennsylvania.  During which, I quickly learned to always keep a few things on hand to make traveling with a breastfed baby easier.

Baby carriers: The first few months Charis was alive, I used a Moby wrap, but once she hit 14-16 lbs., I switched over to the Boba.  It was easy because I was still able to be out while keeping my daughter close to me.  Some women have also breastfed while wearing their baby, but I was not able to come close to mastering that.

Disposable breast pads: Yes, I used cloth at home, but I was not wanting to worry myself about washing cloth breast pads.

A blanket: When Charis was a month old, we were still getting used to breastfeeding, so I would hold her close to me and hold her with a blanket.  I would pull the blanket up or go into another room if she was getting distracted.  Later, I did not need to have a blanket with me, but I was thankful to have it on the trip to PA.

A few other tips:

  • Stop and nurse when your baby starts crying.  
  • Plan for extra time.  Our usual five hour trip, took 6 1/2 hours.
  • Bring water and food.  Buying good, healthy food is harder to do when you're traveling and you still need plenty of calories.
  • Also beware of holiday weaning.  I can happen at anytime, not just during the holidays.
What tips do you have when traveling with a breastfed baby?
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