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Tips for pumping breastmilk on vacation


Black woman pumping breastmilk outside on a patio balcony

🧳 Pack reusable ice packs, all pumping parts & charger, storage bags/system, and dish soap

✈️ Review TSA's breast milk policies in case any questions come up during airport security screening (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/breast-milk)

📆 Discuss your needed pumping schedule with your travel partner(s), find breaks in the itinerary, and wear clothes that are easy to pump in

👶🏽 Pump to replace every nursing session you would normally do or if exclusively pumping try to keep a similar frequency. Set phone reminders if needed.

🍷 It takes around 2 hours for 1 standard drink of alcohol to clear your blood/milk. If consuming alcohol try to pump before/during and limit it to 1-2 drinks. If in doubt discard milk or use for a non feeding purpose (https://www.infantrisk.com/content/alcohol-breastfeeding-whats-your-time-zero).

🧊 Remember proper pumping breastmilk storage recommendations: "Breast milk can be stored in an insulated cooler with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours when you are traveling. At your destination, use the milk right away, store it in the refrigerator, or freeze it." (https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/handling_breastmilk.htm)

❓Just ask! I've been pleasantly surprised by the amount of support I've gotten when looking for a place to pump, dish soap, needing to use staff freezer space or extra ice, etc.


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