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Well, here’s a subject we need to discuss… As we all know, there are both pros and cons in breastfeeding your baby. The very best is― you always have the baby’s milk supply right at hand, sterilized and warm. (Standing in front of a microwave heating a bottle at 2:00 a.m. with your hair standing on end and eyes barely open, is not fun, folks.) 

Breastfeeding is also keen when traveling. Just think of all the packing and preparation moms have to do in anticipation of a cross-country trip with a non-nursing baby. Whew! Makes me tired to even imagine it.

            OK, I understand some moms can’t nurse for physical reasons, and others prefer not to. I’m not being prejudice here. Breastfeeding isn’t perfect either. In the beginning, moms get sore until their nipples toughen up, and baby doesn’t eat enough because they’re wee, so waking up in a puddle of milk is not rare. And need we brooch the subject of breast pumps? I personally believe they are crude, horrid devices. I put them right up there with chastity belts and handcuffs.

Now, let’s talk about being modest and non-offensive if you do choose to breastfeed. In the sixties when nursing baby came back in popularity BIG TIME, there were a whole bunch of moms sitting in restaurants, in lounge chairs on the beach, or at the dinner table at their in-laws with a naked breast flung out for all to see while feeding their love-child. Come on, girls, you were just asking to stir up controversy with your actions!

            The right way to handle a breastfeeding situation in public is to cover your child and breast while preparing for, and actually nursing. No one, (especially curious children, and any male other than the father) should be gaping at your bare boob. It is especially offensive when dining out, so please go into a rest room lounge if baby is fussy and needs to be fed immediately.

            While traveling on a plane with baby, try to nurse during take-offs and landings. This will relieve the pressure in baby’s ears. I know nursing and keeping the baby restrained in a car seat is difficult, and I have no answers as to how to alleviate this problem, but do your best. (We need to call on the “Mother of Invention” here).  Again, be sure to have a receiving blanket with you for modesty sake.

            In car travel, plan time to make several rest stops so mother and child can be relaxed during breastfeeding and diaper changes. Remember; any form of travel can be tiring and out of baby’s routine. And car seats not only make baby’s soft heads become flat in the back, but also are generally uncomfortable. Just think how stiff and tired adults get traveling for hours while being restrained in an upright position in a tight seatbelt. Plus, the only sight seeing baby is doing is staring at the back seat ―boring even to a child! (A little common sense works real well here).

            Depending on baby’s age, bring along his/her favored toys and a crib blanket so the wee-one can feel familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of home. This is especially true if you are staying at hotels or friends and family’s homes for any length of time.

Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding baby, your priority should be keeping the child as calm and comfortable in any situation as possible

 

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