Pumping is probably the least glamorous thing ever, even more so when you are trying to figure out how to get it done while traveling/flying. But it IS possible! When I was interviewing for new positions, I took 4 flights in a matter of 10 days. The nature of the positions I was interviewing for were remote/work from home admission positions for Colleges that were in different states, hence the flights. So I figured out really quickly how to navigate pumping/traveling with breast milk in airports and flying. So here are some of my tips! Keep in mind, this was traveling without baby.
- Your pump, obviously and maybe 2-4 bottles to pump into at most, I recommend only using bottles while you are actually pumping and bags for storage
- Mini Cooler
- Ice blocks
- Breast milk bags: this is where I stored all the milk I pumped on the trip too, not bottles, bags pack so much easier in the cooler and you can fit more in.
- Empty ziploc bags: Just in case your ice blocks melt or are not as cool, you can get some ice from a restaurant or McDonalds in the airport.
- Little mini wash clothes just in case of leakage or spill etc.
- Hand sanitizer and/or wipes
- Portable charge for your pump in case you are not able to find an actual outlet
In terms of actual pumping, most airports have a nice Mother’s Room with a comfy chair, outlet and sink. Be sure to find out a head of time if this room is actually before or AFTER security as it does vary at some airports
Hope this helps! 🙂