When traveling, let alone using public facilities, there is a feeling of reluctance to breastfeed directly. One way is to bring breast milk. You can use a sterile storage area to take on vacation.
This article will discuss breastfeeding even though the mother is on her way. Breastfeeding is related to storing and proper feeding procedures while traveling. Thus babies still get their nutritional needs from breast milk even though they are on the move.
The Importance of Breastfeeding
Breast milk is the most important nutrient for babies. Babies aged 0-6 months who are given breast milk alone are known as exclusive breastfeeding, the benefits for babies who get exclusive breastfeeding include being able to maintain body immunity, prevent disease in adulthood, help the digestive process and strengthen the bond between mother and mother. child.
Exclusive breastfeeding is highly recommended, besides breastfeeding can be continued after the baby has been given exclusive breastfeeding, then breastfeeding is continued with breastfeeding and complementary foods. Breast milk given to babies can be stopped as needed, generally at the age of 20-24 months.
For mothers who are busy working, breastfeeding can be a solution. Dairy milk is breast milk that is prepared for the needs of your little one when you are away from the mother. Even so, expressed breast milk can help to cope with thirsty little one when mother and baby are on the go.
Provide breast milk when using the plane
Not all ages of babies can board the plane, but the condition of your baby who has passed the age requirements for boarding does not rule out the possibility of still getting breast milk.
Whereas in the regulations for using an airplane, there are regulations when carrying items especially those related to aerosol and gel liquids. So that it must meet the requirements first, including the capacity of the container or container for liquid, gel and airosol, a maximum of 100 ml or similar sizes.
Further regulations relate to containers containing aerosols, liquids and gels being put in a transparent plastic box 30 × 40 cm, generally provided by the airport. In addition, prospective aircraft passengers are allowed to carry a maximum of one transparent bag containing aerosol, liquid and gecko. this includes drinks, medicines, cosmetic supplies and daily necessities
In some airlines it has treated expressed breast milk as a medicine so that it can be carried into the cabin in any amount. Meanwhile, other airlines impose a maximum limit of 1 liter in 100ml packages. So that the mother can first check if the officer allows her to carry breast milk into the suitcase in the trunk and make sure the airport staff uses the “FRAGILE” sign containing the cooler bag.
Provide ASI when using the Bus / Train
When you decide to use public transportation to travel, make sure all your preparations, especially if you are breastfeeding. Some mothers are accustomed to breastfeeding in public places using clothes that can comfort the mother and baby when given breast milk.
As other breastfeeding mothers decide to breastfeed using a pacifier, breastfeeding in a pacifier or expressed breast milk is the choice of breastfeeding mothers while on the move. Even so, some mothers find it difficult to carry their expressed breast milk when they are on the trip,
For mothers who will travel no more than 3-4 hours, you can express breastmilk before leaving. Room temperature will maintain the quality of the milk that will be given to the baby. Meanwhile, if you travel for more than 4 hours, expressed breastfeeding can be done during the break for backup.
You need to remember that direct breastfeeding is better for maintaining milk production and will reduce the risk of nipple confusion in the baby.
Storing Expressed Breast Milk During Traveling
When you decide to travel from one place to another, you can use a small cooler bag so it’s easy to carry everywhere.
You can also bring ice gel and expressed breastmilk on the way so that in storage the mother can use a cooler box to accommodate the milk that is stored for the next few days while traveling.
Dairy milk stored in a cooler bag can last for 24 hours so it is recommended that if traveling for more than one day you can use the freezer to store expressed breast milk. Do not store expressed milk on the refrigerator door because the temperature will change.
That way if you are going to be traveling with your baby, prepare a nursing apron or apron so that it can be given to the baby at any time. However, if the mother is traveling alone due to an assignment outside the city, she can express breastmilk comfortably. Nursing mothers can use a cooler bag and then store the milk in the refrigerator which is generally available in various accommodation available.
Preparation for Breastfeeding Mothers when Traveling
Comfort for nursing mothers is needed as well as when deciding to travel and bring a baby who is still breastfed. Steps that can be taken include:
- You can bring a breast pump with you, especially if you are used to expressing breastmilk using tools. Unlike the case with mothers who are more comfortable pumping breast milk by hand
- You can bring a cooler bag, ice pack or ice gel. Ice pack will last up to 8 hours while ice gel can last 12-18 hours.
- Next is a plastic container for storing breast milk plastic and then a newspaper to wrap the tupperware,
- Also provide a special apron or apron for breastfeeding mothers that you can feel comfortable while breastfeeding
- You can check the schedule to go and set the time for expressing. In addition, make sure that the inn can store breast milk in the room and telephone as well as the airline if needed to find out the provisions for bringing liquid in the form of milk into the cabin
Thus, even though you are traveling, things that must be considered are still giving the best for your little one, especially when it comes to breastfeeding your child needs. Breastfeeding will help increase intelligence, natural immunity, avoid several diseases in the future, reduce obesity and also breastfeeding directly from mother to child will add a strong bond.