Top tips for breastfeeding on a plane
To be able to have the most comfortable flight for both you and your baby, here are some guidelines of what you can do before flying to ensure an enjoyable experience.
Choose your seat
Make sure you pre-book your seat according to your preference. Some mums will prefer to be sat by the window, for extra privacy and to avoid being bumped by people passing in the aisles. However, others will prefer to be sat in the aisle, so that they can have more room and feel less cramped and can also easily access the aisle to walk around and bounce their baby after feeding.
Contact the airline
When travelling with a young baby, the airline may be able to provide a bassinet, or cot for the baby to sit in for the flight. If you contact the airline well enough in advance, they will be able to provide information on the availability of this.
Flying can be dehydrating at the best of times, let alone when feeding. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before and during the flight.
Choose your flight time
If you do your research and choose your flight time according to the routine of your baby, you may find a flight that fits perfectly. Night flights are often a good option as children may often fall asleep straight away. Alternatively, if your baby usually wakes up early, then an early-morning flight may be better.
Avoid getting tangled in clothes and the seatbelts and wear easily removable layers for your flight to help you stay as comfortable as possible.
If you are planning to express on a flight, you should check in advance what power socket there will be, and if they have one at all. If there is not one, you may need to pack a manual pump. You will also need to bring a small cool bag to store the milk in.
Many women will want to ensure they have packed the following: Burp cloth, cover-up blanket and a breastfeeding pillow.