Many of us will be traveling for the holidays, which reminds me how easy it used to be when my son was a baby (and I was breastfeeding). The last time we flew wasn't fun for anyone when my toddler had his biggest meltdown to date.
I was super nervous the first time we flew with Grant (he was three months old). I wasn't sure how breastfeeding would go or how he would handle the trip.
I was worried that passengers would give me nasty looks or that he would cry the whole time but that never happened. I think the loud sound of the plane was relaxing. It put him right to sleep. I just made sure he was nursing during take-off and landing to help with his ears.
Here's what I learned early on:
-Change his/her diaper before you get on the plane because changing a diaper in the airplane bathroom is nearly impossible.
-Make sure you use the restroom before your baby falls asleep as well!
-I highly recommend a baby carrier in the airport so that you're hands-free to carry your bags, the diaper bag, pack n' play, and car seat. It also helps to keep your babe sleeping on the plane. Just remember TSA may require you to take the baby out of the carrier and carry him/her through security.
-I always had a baby app like BabySymbol ready to go just in case things went south. Grant loved this one.
-If you're looking for a place to nurse in the airport, don't forget to download the Mamava Lactation Suite Locator App!
From the TSA website:
-Formula, breast milk and juice for infants or toddlers are permitted through the security checkpoint. No limit on how many ounces. Separate these liquids from your other liquids.
-Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you carry formula, breast milk and juice in excess of 3.4 ounces in your carry-on bag. These liquids are typically screened by X-ray.
-You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.
-Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in carry-on. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.
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The model below is a true XS (size 2 and 32C). Notice how much room she has in the hips. You can also see the difference between the two sizes. The small is much baggier.