10 Simple Tips to Breastfeeding on a Road Trip

breastfeeding babySpring is here and that means ... family road trip! I'm so glad you decided to travel with your little one because this is what family bonding is all about. Babies, even when they are the littlest, love to see and be in new places. Plus, think of all the amazing photo ops you will have for the baby book!

Being on the road with a baby and while breastfeeding can present a few challenges, but nothing you can't prepare yourself for, and nothing that can't be solved. Here are some tips to breastfeed while on a road trip. They're simple, but they can help your trip be easier and without any added stress.

1. You're going to need a cooler with ice packs if you are storing any extra breast milk that you pumped beforehand.

2. Pack shirts and clothes that you are comfortable nursing in.

3. Bring a nursing cover if that makes YOU feel more comfortable when nursing.

4. If you have one, bring your pump along with any spare parts just in case.

5. When driving, plan to stop. A lot. Keep your nursing schedule as best as you can. Never breastfeed baby in a moving car. You never want to take baby out of the car seat, and contorting your body to nurse while baby is strapped in isn't safe for you either.

breastfeeding road trip6. Be mindful of what rest areas are on your route so you can plan accordingly.

7. When breastfeeding in public, know your rights in the states you will be in. But don't feel embarrassed about nursing in public. Baby needs to eat and don't let the ignorance of others make you feel bad about that.

8. As always, stay hydrated. Then drink an extra bottle of water.

9. Book a hotel that has a refrigerator with a tiny freezer (if possible) so you can store breast milk and keep ice packs frozen/cold. It is okay to leave breast milk at room temp for around six hours.

10. Stay calm! Some parents refuse to travel by car with a little one because of all the extra stuff needed, but good for you for deciding to do it. Family adventures are great for everyone, and if you stay calm and roll with whatever annoying things that may happen (getting lost, missing rest stop exit, spilling breast milk), you will have a great time.

What other tips can you add?


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miche... micheledo

I would add: if traveling with other young children - nurse the baby everytime you stop.  It keeps the little one 'topped off' so you don't have to make a stop JUST for the baby.  We have six kids, 8 years and younger, so this is a lifesaver for us.  :)

elasmimi elasmimi

My new van has a built in cooler but too late for me, lol. These are great tips, can't think of anything to add.

jazi1105 jazi1105

Nurse before you get in the car. Even if it's a brief nursing session, those few minutes can hold the baby off for a while and may even help him/her sleep. It works like a charm for us :)

timon95 timon95

we bottle fed, no tips

Desir... Desirae1394

All great tips. The only other thing I'd say is that while it seems overwhelming it really isn't. Don't get yourself worked up with worry. 

I never worried about a pump, but mine were all punks and wouldn't take a bottle. 

Usually we would stop for gas, my hubby would fill the tank and take the bigger kids to the bathroom, I'd nurse and then use the bathroom myself before we were on the road again. 

arpazia arpazia

Nothing... I just fed the baby. Lol lol

aneela aneela

I always tried to nurse before heading out anywhere ...we never took long road trips when my son was smaller

count... countrygirlkat

We would travel at night so that when they woke up we would stop and I would them and then they would be back asleep and we could go much further between stops. 

sukainah sukainah

We never went on a road trip with my kids when they were babies, but we did take a few flights.  I didn't care, I breastfed them in the plane, especially on take off and when beginning to descend.

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