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Back when I was breastfeeding and pumping, I found it much more difficult to do so when traveling. I was committed to breastfeeding because I wanted the healthiest food for my baby (plus, I love saving money!). I’m a huge fan of breastfeeding and think moms and babies should be able to do it whenever and wherever they want to.
Babies need food, and it’s our job to give it to them, without feeling banished to the nearest restroom (would you want to eat in the restroom?). But some moms want to have additional privacy, and that’s okay, too! Along the way, I learned a few ways to help me find the time and space to breastfeed/pump. If you don’t make time to breastfeed your baby or pump every ~2-3 hours, your supply may go down. Here are my top places for breastfeeding/pumping when traveling:
- Rental Cars/Taxis
- Mamava Pods
- Minute Suites
1. Rental Cars/Taxis
Obviously, you can only breastfeed your baby once the car is stopped. But you can usually pump in a rental car or taxi. I highly recommend new moms get a cordless breast pump if possible. I got the Spectra S2. My insurance covered most of the cost, but I did have to pay an up-charge of $100 for the added convenience of the cordless version.
If you don’t have a cordless pump, many brands sell car adapters. Getting a hands-free pumping bra is also a lifesaver. For privacy, I just tied a muslin swaddle blanket around my chest. To store the pumped milk, I loved using PackIt Freezable Bags.
I used to pump on my way to work, stuck in traffic, or when I would drive around running errands. When I was in Hawaii, I would pump while my partner, Alfy, drove us around to different sites, storing the milk in the cooler until later, or giving it to my baby with a bottle.
2. Mamava Pods
Many businesses and airports have installed Mamava pods to help women pump and/or breastfeed. They are small, private rooms with an outlet and a space to sit. You can download their app that shows you where Mamava pods are located near you.
I recently installed the app, and found a few Mamava pods near me. There is one located in the Austin International Airport, and when I went to check it out, it was occupied. One update Mamava can make to their app is to show people when it’s in use or not. Sometimes, pumping and/or breastfeeding can take ~30+ minutes, and I would not want to go out of my way to find an occupied pod.
I’m glad to see companies like Mamava (and the businesses that purchase the pods) trying to make life easier for moms (and babies!). If you are looking for a private space to breastfeed, download the Mamava app and check it out.
3. Minute Suites
Minute Suites are private rooms that you can reserve at just a few airports around the US. I reserved one at the airport in Charlotte, and was very impressed by the amenities and service. I hope that Minute Suites quickly add more locations around the US! You can rent the suites for free if you have a Priority Pass. I got a Priority pass for free when I got approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card, which is one of the few credit cards I regularly carry in my wallet.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, then you should be able to do it wherever and whenever your baby needs to eat. But sometimes moms want some additional privacy, especially when pumping breastmilk. Rental cars, taxis, Mamava pods, and Minute Suites can all be great places for the space and privacy to pump and/or breastfeed. Where do you like to breastfeed/pump when traveling? Share with us in the comments below!