Maybe even the thought of leaving your home makes you cringe with stress. It often does for me! Getting out the door can feel like a miracle. You almost get the car unlocked, when you smell it. A poopy diaper turns you around for the house—you knew it was too good to be true.
When planning for an upcoming trip, I hope you are encouraged! A vacation can be refreshing for you and the whole family. There are many things that can complicate a trip, but nursing doesn’t have to be one of them.
Recently, we went on a spur-of-the-moment vacation to a popular theme park with our 7-month-old and 2-year-old kids. We drove 20 hours straight, spent two days in the parks, and drove 20 hours home. Some might call us crazy since we have a nursing baby, but I believe the trip was easy because I had a nursing baby!
Here are a few tips to make your next trip easier with your nursing baby.
- Don’t rush. Make sure you are taking plenty of breaks. It can be exciting to get to the next activity, but the activity will be more enjoyable if everyone is satisfied. Allow extra time to sit down and nurse. The break in activity will feel good for both you and your baby.
- Utilize your baby carrier. Sometimes there just isn’t time to take a break. We brought a typical baby carrier and a baby wrap carrier while traveling. Some lines in the theme park were 40 minutes long, making it difficult to schedule feedings. So I nursed on the go! I was able to let my daughter slide down far enough in the wrap to nurse. The wrap gave me enough support to nurse her while standing or walking. (Always follow safety protocol and your best judgement while using baby carriers)
- Nurse often. I found my daughter needed extra comfort while traveling. A new place or new routine can feel scary for your baby. Nursing is an easy comfort to let your baby know they are safe and you are there. A happy baby often means a happy mommy!
Enjoy your time traveling, and be thankful you don’t have to worry about cleaning bottles. I have had to travel with a bottle fed baby also, and that was much more complicated—but still totally worth it. What fun memories you will create together!
Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine.