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Pumping and Traveling – What You Need to Know

Pumping and Traveling – What You Need to Know

Words Jessica Wormley

When my husband suggested I take a baby-free girls trip to escape the neverending Minnesota winter, I found it pretty hard to say no.  However, I was still breastfeeding my youngest and not quite ready to be done, so I finally had to tackle pumping while traveling. Here’s the advice I would give a fellow mom looking to do the same thing.

 

Be prepared to pump anywhere

I decided to take my pump everywhere so I would be able to pump whenever I needed to. My pump is already a convenient shoulder bag, but I opted to place it inside a larger, cuter, insulated bag to function as both a purse and beach bag.

If your pump has a battery in addition to an electric cord, make sure you load it with new batteries before you leave for your trip. I only ended up using my portable battery once, but it was nice to know it was an option!

Pack a scarf or nursing cover just in case your only option is pumping in public. I used the nursing cover the few times I found myself pumping in semi-private places and it was so convenient to always have it handy.

 

Storing your milk on the go

Unless you aren’t taking your milk home at the end of your trip, you’ll need to keep it fresh during the day until you get back to your room. Freshly pumped milk should keep for up to 4-6 hours at room temperature, but we were outside in hot weather so I packed a small insulated milk cooler with an ice pack the whole week. I also labeled each milk bag not only by the date, but by the time of day I pumped.

 

OXO tot breast pump cleaning set

Keep your pump parts clean

There are a couple different ways to clean your pump parts while traveling. Here’s what I did:

I kept my OXO Tot pump parts drying rack and brush set and a little bottle of dish soap in my bag and then took it out and used it at night at the hotel. The set has a great tray to let the pump parts dry out after you’ve cleaned them, which I found really useful.

I also packed my OXO Tot On-The-Go Wipes Dispenser with quick-clean wipes so I could easily wipe my pump parts down no matter where I was. I also used the wipes to clean any surfaces I wanted to use while pumping.

 

Be flexible and make it an adventure

In the daytime while we were out and about, I pumped after we ate our meals. If we were at a restaurant, I always asked the server if there was a room I could use to pump; most people tried to be as accommodating as possible. One server brought me to the hotel club room a couple floors up, completely private, and had the most amazing panoramic view of the ocean. That was my best pumping spot by far. Not every spot I found was perfect, but I was prepared enough that I could make things work and be able to laugh at whatever wasn’t ideal.

By Jessica Wormley

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