Flying with baby doesn't have to be scary. We've got some tips to help make it an easier trip!
1. Airports often give preferential treatment to families with little ones when you have to line up to go through the metal detector. You’ll push your stroller past an hour-long queue and walk right through! These designated lines aren’t always obvious, so be sure to ask someone if you’re eligible to be fast-tracked to the gate.
2. Flight attendants know that traveling with a baby can be challenging and they are there to assist you. If you need to go to the bathroom, chances are, one of them will gladly hold your precious cargo. They may even periodically check in with you to make sure all is ok. And if they don’t, press your call button and ask for help!
3. A breastfed baby won’t have trouble with ear pain when the altitude changes because she’ll be suckling when you take off and again during descent. You can even get the pediatrician to prescribe a special ear drop called Antipyrine and Benzocaine Otic that can help numb baby’s precious ears during take off and landing.
4. Little ones don’t need that much entertaining. A few storybooks and a couple of their favorite toys should be enough to keep them occupied for a long stretch. Even an airplane window shade going up and down can be a source of excitement…so be creative!! (Just remember to bring disinfecting wipes to clean away germs on the tray table and surrounding area before baby touches everything.) Also, nursing will likely make baby sleepy, so you'll get some good nap time in the air!
5. You won’t have to bring any cumbersome items with you on the plane in order to feed your little one. All you need for food is already attached to your body and not considered carry on 😜 You may want to wear an infinity nursing scarf so you have a cute accessory that doubles as a breastfeeding cover. And, nursing wear makes the trip even better because of the easy access. Plus, the milk temperature will always be perfect, even at 37,000 feet up.
As with all breastfeeding issues, it’s best to contact a doctor or lactation consultant to discuss your individual concerns. The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.