Yoomi, a leading brand in childrens feeding products, as provided Trunki with this very informative post about feeding on holiday…there are some important things to consider…
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Top Tips For Travelling With A Bottle Fed Baby
Heading off to enjoy the sunshine abroad this summer? Lucky you!
In between packing the sunblock and finding the passports, you might wonder how you’re going to handle travelling with a bottle fed baby. Rest easy, we’re here to help! Here are our top travel tips for bottle feeders.
If you’re flying:
- The 100ml carry-on limit for liquids doesn’t apply to formula milk or sterilised water. This means you can bring a reasonable amount of each to meet your baby’s needs for the journey. You could pack several bottles with pre-measured amounts of formula powder, plus bottles of boiled waterto make up the formula en route but remember that the water should be at least 70 degrees C for preparing powdered formula feeds, so this could be tricky.
- Instead, you could prepare the feed in advance and carry the bottle in a cool bag. The flight attendant may warm the feed for you (although beware some airlines have a no warming policy) or you could pack a yoomi self-warming bottle and this will gently warm the feed to perfect breastmilk temp in 60 seconds!
- Alternatively, wait until you’ve gone through security and purchase ready-to-drink baby formula at an airport chemist. Again, if baby prefers it warm, yoomi is a great option J
- Remember to pack or buy enough feed to cope with any flight delays – they’re bad enough without adding a hungry baby to the mix!
Once you’ve arrived, there are a few things to remember before you and baby hit the beach or pool.
- The tap water abroad may not be suitable for drinking even if you boil it. To avoid a tummy upset, make up formula using bottled water instead (and yes, it still needs to be boiled and cooled first!) Look for a brand with less than 200 mg of sodium (Na) and less than 250 mg of sulphate (SO or SO4) per litre.
- Bottles and teats still need to be sterilised but this needn’t mean lugging along your electric steriliser. Try using cold-water sterilising tablets instead. They’re easy to pack and use, and very affordable too!
- If it’s going to be hot where you’re going, keep in mind that babies become dehydrated more quickly than adults. Offering a bottle of cooled, boiled water in between feeds or in a cup, will help keep your little one happy and healthy.
Top Tips For Travelling When Breastfeeding
The good news is there’s no extra luggage if you’re breastfeeding! However, it’s worth bearing in mind these top tips to ensure you and baby are breastfeeding safely and comfortably on your hols…
- Keep hydrated, especially if your holiday destination is hot! If you need extra fluids, chances are your baby will too, so offer extra feeds if necessary. If the water supply is even remotely suspect – stick to bottled water and refuse ice cubes.
- Make sure you don’t overdo it. Hike up that mountain or down that steep trail on a future getaway. Take this holiday at a slower pace. Your energy level (and milk supply) will thank you.
- Take a spare set of dark T’shirts, in case of leakage or accidents. We all love our maxi dress on our holidays but they’re fairly exposing for a breastfeeding mum – use a scarf or muslin square to cover you and baby and protect you both from the sun.
- Protect your breasts and nipples from the sun. Sunbathing topless is not advised as the sun protection creams may give baby an unpleasant taste when it comes to feeding time. Yuk!
- We all love a holiday cocktail but keep your alcohol intake in mind. A glass of wine (1-2 units) is ok but any more could cross into your milk. Consider expressing if you really want to let your hair down!
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