5 tips to make breastfeeding on holiday easier

You're off on holiday, past the sore breasts and nipples stage, and ready to get breastfeeding abroad. Here's how to do it with confidence

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Now we’re in the midst of the summer months and everyone’s taking a getaway, being out and about with your little one will be a regular occurrence.

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For those of you breastfeeding mummies heading off on hols we have a few top tips from Medela’s in-house lactation expert Sioned Hilton who has been working with breastfeeding mothers for more than 20 years. 

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Think carefully when you’re packing

1. Pack carefully

It is all about being prepared! Take a spare set of dark t’shirts for you as well as a spare set of clothing for your baby, in case of leakage or accidents. We all love our maxi dress for the holidays but these are not practical for breastfeeding mummies as it exposes you a lot more – use a scarf or muslin square to cover you and your baby up to protect you both from the sun. 

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Pick a nice spot for both of you

2. Choose your spot

Another good thing to think about before settling for a feed is giving yourself space. Some places will say you can use the loo, or baby changing area, but bear in mind these can often be quite smelly and to be honest,would you eat your lunch in the loo? No! So why should your baby? If needs be you can head to a park. There’s nothing wrong with sitting on a bench feeding. You can place the buggy in front of you and have some quiet time to yourself. And just think, you’ll be seeing a new sight as you feed! 

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Make sure your breasts taste okay

3. Watch the sun cream

Now, if you are feeding while abroad in sunny climes (lucky thing!) it is recommended that you protect your breasts and nipples from the sun. Sunbathing topless is not advised as the sun protection creams may give your baby an unpleasant taste when breastfeeding.

Bear in mind is when it is hot your baby may feed more often as they become thirstier. This is absolutely fine, but do ensure you keep your energy levels up and drink lots of water too. 

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Limit the brightly coloured cocktails

4. Limit the booze

We all love a holiday cocktail – especially if it’s all inclusive. But do keep your alcohol intake in mind if you’re a breastfeeding mum. A glass of wine (1-2 units) is ok, but any more may make you feel tipsy and will cross into your milk. You can express your milk beforehand and give this to your baby if you want to let your hair down. 

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