Travel Pump Use: Travel Expression
Sometimes a nursing mother has to leave for a while without her baby – for work or for relaxing. It can be a business trip, a trip to a wedding or to visit friends.
But temporary separation from the baby does not at all mean that he should be left without breast milk. Having prepared properly, you can express breast milk on the road to support its production, store milk on trips and safely deliver it to your baby.
Preparing for expressing on the go
If you are traveling by train or car, consider whether you can use the breast pump on the go or if you need stops. Trains usually have power outlets, but it’s difficult to be secluded, and at the roadside stations there may be private rooms, but without outlets. Many electronic breast pumps can run on batteries, the main thing is to take a sufficient supply with you on the road. Some breast pumps are equipped with a built-in battery, which makes it even easier to use them on trips – an outlet is required only when the breast pump needs to be charged.
“I regularly went on business trips, so where I just did not express milk,” says Karen, a mother from the Netherlands, “I always informed the organization I went to before and asked me to provide a room for expressing and the opportunity to take breaks during the day . I had a good breast pump with a battery so that I could decant anywhere. ”
“When my daughters were still babies, I worked mainly from home, but I often had to go to business meetings by train and spend several hours away from home,” recalls Hazel, a mother of two children from the UK. “At home I was expressing milk using double electronic Medela Swing Maxi * breast pump after feeding so that my husband can feed the children while I’m not. ”
Yolanda, the mother of three children from Kenya, says: “Once I had to go abroad for a three-day conference and leave my nine-month-old baby at home. I specified in advance whether there would be a separate refrigerator in the hotel room and found out where dry ice can be found in the city. During the day, I expressed milk in bags, put them in a refrigerator bag, and in the evening I put them in the refrigerator in my room. ”
Use of a breast pump during flights
If you fly by plane, inform the airline in advance that you are carrying a breast pump and (or) breast milk with you, and find out about the rules for transporting both in hand luggage or baggage. Keep in mind that the rules for transporting frozen milk may differ from the rules for transporting liquids.
Airline staff can tell you where to express milk at the airport and on board.
“On the morning before departure, I packed my milk bags in a refrigerator bag with dry ice,” says Yolanda, a mother of three from Kenya. “At the airport, I showed the airline at the front desk the rules for transporting frozen breast milk. Milk flew without problems from New Orleans to Nairobi through Atlanta and Amsterdam. The flight took almost 30 hours, but it did not thaw at all. ”
What is necessary for expressing on the road?
For the successful expressing of breast milk during trips, it is important to choose the right equipment and accessories, especially if you plan to leave for a long time.
A double electronic breast pump allows you to pump out two mammary glands at the same time, which saves time and provides 18% more milk than pumping from each breast in turn.1 You can also use a single electronic or manual breast pump or even express milk manually.
In addition, you will need containers – polypropylene bottles or bags for breast milk, as well as a means for storing chilled or frozen milk, for example, a cooler bag. It does not hurt to bring along a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel, and if you are traveling abroad, then grab the adapter into an electrical outlet.
“I expressed milk everywhere – in cars, airplanes, public toilets – in short, where I just did not express! Says Ashling, a mother from Ireland. “I always had bags of breast milk, an electronic breast pump, a portable battery and a manual breast pump just in case.”
Expressing away from home
If you have to spend some time away from home, pre-book a room with a refrigerator or agree on the use of a shared hotel refrigerator or freezer to store milk. Take along a breast pump, a cooler bag and a supply of bags for storing breast milk in the freezer. For transportation of frozen breast milk, use ice packs, but if it defrosts during the trip, keep in mind that it should be consumed within 24 hours. Some mothers even send milk home overlaid with dry ice, as described above.
Storage of breast milk while traveling
Some nursing mothers express themselves while traveling simply to ease their breasts or to maintain milk production.