Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tips for a travelling nursing mom

Hello, I hope everyone's staying safe and dry. I had to leave town for work on Monday. I was looking forward to the 1st night in so long that I will be able to get uninterrupted sleep. I made arrangements for Malik and Izik of course. But I must admit, not having to wake up in the wee hours of the morning sounded promising.

My short "time out" turned into an anxiety-filled one when flight after flight got cancelled because of the bad weather we've been having. Most of my officemates decided to rebook their flights to today. Some of us took the chance and went to the airport anyway. I was willing to brave the wait and the weather because I was sooooo eager to be with my boys -

To make a long story short, I did get home safe at close to midnight last night. This post is actually about travelling without your baby if you're a nursing mom.

Firstly, do NOT check in your breast pump. I made that mistake when we were leaving Manila. Flights are almost always delayed here. You don't want to stay at the airport for too long without your pump. It won't be comfortable.

Secondly, to maintain supply, make sure to pump milk while you are away. I was gone for just a night so I pumped occassionally and was able to keep the milk in the hotel refrigerator for Izik to drink when I get home. I brought ice packs and had them frozen through the hotel concierge. When it was time to leave, I put the milk in an insulated container with the ice packs and checked it in with my luggage. The milk was still okay when I got home after 11 hours. Yey.

I wish we had decent nursing stations in our airports. I remember seeing one in the domestic airport. The PAL terminal doesn't appear to have one. Neither does the Mactan Cebu International Airport. I ended up just using the medical clinic in Mactan (tilt your head to the left, I can't rotate this photo Heehee) -

The nurse was kind enough to let me stay there while I pumped. But in the PAL terminal, I had to bring out my nursing cover and pump while standing up. It wasn't very dignified.

Just a side note, these tips will not likely work if you're travelling for long periods of time. In those cases, I suggest you do what my friend Y did and just pump and dump.
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  1. Did I already invite you sa Breastfeeding Pinays? Galeng! I really haven't had the chance to travel without Ziki and I didn't really regularly pump my milk. But I will this time. A stored breastmilk is especially important during emergencies (i.e. when I got admitted in the hospital and had to take antibiotics). You're doing a great job at breastfeeding! :D

  2. Thanks Normi! Accepted your invitation already.


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