If you’re planning a late-summer getaway with your little one, you may be feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. You probably need the break, but you also have to make sure you have everything you need to take care of your new addition, especially if they are still breastfeeding.
To mark World Breastfeeding Week, here’s a little list of things you may want to think about when jetting off on holiday. Creating a small checklist such as this will help to ease any of those anxious feelings about breastfeeding on holiday and make sure you are fully equipped to look after both you and baby.
Is your destination breastfeeding friendly?
The main thing to think about before setting off abroad is whether your chosen destination breastfeeding friendly. Despite the UK and most of Europe fighting to normalise public breastfeeding, there may still be countries that aren’t 100% on-board with breastfeeding.
Some of the most breastfeeding friendly countries are:
- Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark and Norway)
However, if you’re off to sunnier climates, including Spain or Portugal, it’s best to take a muslin cloth to cover yourself, but generally, they are fairly open to public breastfeeding.
It’s worth logging into some parenting forums and having a look online for personal accounts from mums just like yourself if you’re looking for a bit of reassurance.
Pack vitamins and supplements
You want to make sure your body is working at full capacity so you can fully enjoy your time away. Travelling can take a lot out of us at the best of times, so making sure you are looking after yourself with vitamins and supplements when travelling with little ones in tow.
Vitabiotics Pregnacare is perfect for this, they offer Pregnacare Breastfeeding for mums who have chosen to breastfeed. They can help new mothers to produce nutritious breast milk and maintain their own health, with essential Omega-3 fatty acids like DHA.
Staying hydrated in warm weather is important for all of us, but especially if you’re breastfeeding. Travelling and warm climates can all add to dehydration, so making sure you drink plenty of water can help to combat this.
Top Tip: Invest in a water bottle cooling sleeve to slip around your water bottle to keep it cool for longer.
Bring the breastfeeding essentials
Make sure you are prepared for every eventuality, you’ll be away from home, so make sure you have travel versions of all of your favourite equipment and accessories. This may include a few extra muslin cloths, a travel friendly breast pump and nipple cream.
Making sure you have enough of the essentials can help offer peace of mind, as these items may not be readily available at your holiday destination. It makes sure you are ready for any eventuality, helping you to quell any of these uneasy feelings you may have about breastfeeding while travelling.
Making sure to look after yourself will help to keep you happy, healthy and able to enjoy your holiday. With just a few precautions and essentials, you’ll be ready to breastfeed whenever and wherever you need.