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Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

My baby boy will be 3 months old and I have been breastfeeding. I have plans to bring my two daughters to New York City for the day and am unable to leave him with anyone because he refuses to take a bottle. This one is a fighter! Any suggestions?

Re: My baby boy will be 3 months old and I have been breastfeeding. I have plans to bring my two daughters to New York City for the day and am unable to leave him with anyone because he refuses to take a bottle. This one is a fighter! Any suggestions?

The Bump Expert

Is there any possibility you could bring your son, too? Is there anyone you can bring with you to New York to help you handle all three kids? If so, I think it might be worth it to bring him. Some babies who are exclusively breastfeed can have a hard time learning to drink from a bottle. Of course every baby is different, so if it's important to you to go with just your daughters, you'll have to do some preparation before leaving.

First of all, you'll want to spend some time for at least a week before you leave getting your son to the point where he will take a bottle. You might want to have someone other than you work on this. In addition, you'll need to pump enough breastmilk to leave behind. If not, he'll have to drink formula. And finally, while you are away, you'll need to pump at the same times that he would be eating back home. This will enable you to maintain your milk supply, and also ensure that your breasts don't become engorged.

And if you do bring him to New York City for the day, don't worry about where you'll be able to feed him. It's quite common to see women in NY breastfeeding their babes all over the place. You'll have lots of company.

Guest breastfeeding expert Andi Silverman is the author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginners Guide to Breastfeeding and a mother of two. Read her blog at www.mamaknowsbreast.com, and send your questions to editors@thenestbaby.com

Andi Silvermanm, author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding

Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

We actually just went on a long road trip and I saw many parking lots during the trip! If I didnt have milk on hand (by pumping) I had to stop and breast feed. You would be suprised at the places you can find to breast feed. Sitting away from the crowd on a bench or outside a small coffee shop just back off the street a little was some of the places I breastfed. We asked my sons doctor about supplementing formula for breast milk if we were able to find someone to watch im (whcih we werent) and he said that takes awhile to wean him off of breast milk and onto formula. The best advice he gave us is to put some baby cereal in with a breastmilk bottle to hold him over. My son is 3 mo as well and he takes the cereal just fine. Just some thoughts!

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Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

As a single person you find many attractions from where to choose to go on your holiday. I remember the times when I was a single person too, you didn't need to have a lot of money in the pocket. With 100 bucks you would have a wonderful holiday with your friends. We also enjoyed very much the Christmas time visits, when our families came together to celebrate this beautiful holiday.

negruvoda |

Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

The best thing you can do is to take your baby with you, he may create some troubles but it`s better than living him home especially if he is not used to drink formula. Two years ago I planned to visit Australia with all my family and we were worried how the youngest boy will handle the long trip but after reading user comments on http://www.travelblogs.com.au/articles/2255/1/Summertime-in-Australia-Surfs-Up/Page1.html I understood I don`t have to worry about this.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

When I traveled with my family I noticed that my son feels very comfortable in hotels. My husband makes jokes with me, telling that our son will be a businessman and he will travel a lot. I pray to God for this.

TawnyCollyn |

Q&A: Traveling while nursing?

I didn`t travel at all while nursing on long distances because I considered this an impediment in my baby`s daily sleep schedule. Plus, I would have had to travel with a lot of luggage in order to take everything that my baby needs. This would have been a burden both on traveling by car as well as traveling by plane. Too much stress for my baby. I preferred to wait a few years more and have a nice vacation that would have fit in all of us.

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