We recently took our very first family trip, and I have to say – breastfeeding on the go, in public places is LIBERATING! (Also read: exhausting, frustrating, stressful, beautiful, fun, nerve-wracking…)
I have had my fair struggles with breastfeeding (that’s another story for another time…), and breastfeeding on the go can be very challenging but if you go into it with the right mindset (and some mom-hacks), you’re going to love it!
During this family trip, we spent many hours traveling (by plane, by train and by car – oh my!)
Instead of me giving you that generic, typical advice for breastfeeding moms (like ‘baby will be relaxed and eat better if you are calm’) – I wanted to share some things that helped me in the two weeks we’ve been traveling with our son.
DON’T BE ATTACHED TO THE ‘PLAN’
Stopping everywhere and anywhere to sight-see and/or breastfeed can make everyone feel refreshed! Not to mention that going a little off the GPS route can take you to some pretty peaceful places to feed…
BE FLEXIBLE WITH HOURS AND MEET-UPS
If you’re meeting with people, try your best not to have such a fixed arrival time (if possible.) Instead of “I”ll meet you at 1” you could say “we will arrive sometime between 1 and 1:30”. This way, you don’t feel that pressure if you’re running a few minutes behind (which, let’s face it…you’re a new mom…you’re going to be late.)
AT LEAST TRY TO FEED WHEN YOU -THINK- BABY MIGHT BE HUNGRY
Avoiding an all out screaming fit is a massive bonus – so why not just TRY. The worst that can happen is that baby doesn’t feel like eating. Then you just move on and try later. But the BEST that can happen is you stop one of those “you didn’t feed me immediately when I wanted it” screaming fits your cute little baby has.
HAVE FUN WITH IT
Seriously, did I mention that you can pick some incredible spots for a feed?! Who wouldn’t be happy to stop at a cute little park by the beach like this?
DON’T FEAR THE FORMULA!
Okay, so anyone who knows me knows that I think whatever is best/healthiest for mom and baby is what you should do (be that breastfeeding or formula feeding) – so don’t fear the formula, momma! Sometimes babe just needs something a little heavier, and sometimes they like to (read: it’s easier to) feed from a bottle. You’re not a terrible mom for skipping a breastfed meal for the sake of convenience and ease.
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