Re: Airplane nursing and other travel tips?
Don't worry too much about timing things right. Just watch the baby. The moment she starts to fuss, pop a breast in her mouth and everyone will be complimenting you on how quiet your adorable baby was during the flight!
I suggest taking the following:
- Chnage of clothes for you and the baby. If the baby throws up or poops all over the place, you want to be able to get into clean clothes.
- Plastic bags for containing soiled clothes and diapers. If you're using disposable diapers, always wrap them in a plastic bag and ask the flight attendant to dispose of them rather than stuffing them down the bathroom trash. Those receptacles don't get cleaned as often as you might hope!
- Baby sling. Great for carrying baby through the airport, and walking up and down the aisle of the plane if she is fussy.
- Large shawl. Great for discrete nursing (not that you need to be discrete- you are legally protected just about anywhere you go), and also great for naps. The shawl will cut down on sound and light, and sometimes he baby will nap contentedly underneath for hours. My first daughter napped from Denver to San Francisco under a shawl!
- Number for your pediatrician. Always good to have on hand when traveling.
- Hand sanitizer. Airports are dirty places!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"