A Traveling Mom’s Guide To Breastfeeding In Public

Breastfeeding Timo at LAX while waiting to board our flight.
Breastfeeding Timo at LAX while waiting to board our flight.

A Traveling Mom’s Guide To Breastfeeding In Public

As a traveling mommy of three, I have breastfed in public many times in many different locations. The bottom line of traveling with a baby you breastfeed is that at some point you will have to breastfeed in public. Whether you are on an airplane, a bus, or at a train station, the time is coming. Babies have to eat, and when you are trying to get from point A to point B you might not be able to find a private place to nurse. So here is my guide to breastfeeding in public:

-Dress For The Occasion

Make sure you are wearing a comfortable, reliable nursing bra. My personal favorite brand is Bella Materna (right now their “Seamless Nursing Bra (Full Cup or Regular)” is on sale!! That is the one I actually use, it rocks). They make wonderful nursing bras in all sizes, and their full coverage bras for larger chested women are extremely supportive and easy to use. Do not waste money on a cheap nursing bra!! By the time you have worn though three cheap ones, you could have bought one amazing one that will last you nursing through two babies!

You can also make your own breastfeeding top, or dress in light layers like a cardigan and a tank top so you have your body covered if that makes you more comfortable. There is also the option to use a nursing cover like the one in the photo above. For older babies I recommend sitting on one corner of the cover to keep your little one from being distracted by a possible game of peek-a-boo. Hahaha. For more details on how to dress for breastfeeding in public you can check out this article I wrote a few years go.

Of course I am not suggesting you have to cover up completely. I feel more comfortable covered up, but that is just my personal preference. As a breastfeeding support person my number one priority for all nursing mothers is personal comfort. Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable! Read more

Staying In A Hostel With Children: Mission Possible

Happy Friday morning! I hope you are all having a wonderful day, and planning some kind of fun day trip or something for this weekend.

Today I want to talk about staying in a Hostel with children. It is not ideal, but if you have to do it, this is the best approach.

Make sure you get a recommendation from someone you find trustworthy. Workers in hotels are very helpful, even if you are not staying in one. You could also find another mother out with her kids (that hopefully speaks English) and ask her where she would recommend. The best situation is that you have friends in the area and they know which hostels are nice, and which ones are questionable. Stay as close to the touristy part of the city center as possible, that way you avoid ending up in a bad neighborhood.

Now that you’ve found a suitable hostel to stay in, here are a few things about staying in a Hostel you may not know. Read more

Air Friendly Car Seat

When flying with a toddler or infant, you will most likely want to bring a car seat to make traveling easier. The first thing the flight attendant is going to say when she or he sees you carrying on the seat is, “that needs to go under the plane.” Most of them are shocked you actually want your child to sit in it, or they know that most people that bring car seats on board are not bringing flight approved car seats. There are three lovely words that will get you out of this conversation early, without having to explain your intentions at length, five-point-harness. Other seats are not approved for air travel. When I found out that I was going to be traveling all the time with small children, I made the upgrade from my standard Graco seat to a Britax air travel approved seat. I’m not saying you have to, but it’s much more comfortable for my 2 year old. Just make sure you do indeed have a five-point-harness, you’ll be fine, and hopefully your little sprout will be able sleep much of the flight away.

Kati on a flight from Los Angeles to London, 14 months old.

We use a Britax Next Gen Boulevard Convertible Car Seat. I have read other people complaining that is is heavy and way too difficult to put into the airplane seat. It is a bit heavy, but we don’t carry ours around. Please don’t bother purchasing an expensive car seat trolly… do this instead. We have a special strap that hooks it onto our rolling carry-on luggage so we can roll the car seat, with our daughter in it, around the airport. It makes life a lot easier. It is also not that difficult to buckle into the airplane seat. The only thing I would recommend is bringing a small pillow (or you could use an airline pillow) so the buckle from the airplane seatbelt does not dig into your little one’s back. The buckles are usually pretty thick so they might poke a bit into the back of the car seat, although I don’t think there is anything they could have done to prevent this. Our daughter loves this seat! Before we got this she wouldn’t sleep in the car or on the plane. We are really happy we ended up buying this one.

Britax Airplane Approved Car Seat.