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How do I breastfeed when I am traveling?

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You should always speak with your infant's health care provider before traveling for additional guidance on breastfeeding your infant while you are traveling.

You may find that breastfeeding is easier than bottle-feeding during traveling. Some things to keep in mind while traveling with your infant include the following:1

  • In extremely hot environments, you do not need to supplement a breastfed infant with water. Breast milk contains the right balance of water as long as you are feeding at regularly spaced intervals that are consistent with your normal feedings.
  • Consider taking along a sling or other soft infant carrier to make nursing or carrying your infant easier, particularly if you need to stand for extended periods.
  • If you are planning to be away from your child for an extended period, you should express and store a supply of breast milk.
  • If you have a flexible schedule while traveling, take regular breaks to express breast milk to ensure an adequate supply during the trip.
  • Expressed breast milk should be stored in clean, tightly sealed containers. Breast milk may be stored and transported under refrigeration, frozen, or on dry ice.
  • Freshly expressed breast milk is safe for infant consumption for 6 to 8 hours when stored at room temperature.
  • Fresh breast milk can be safely stored in a cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours.
  • Refrigerated breast milk can be stored for up to 5 days.

For more information on traveling with your breastfeeding infant, visit the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage:
http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/travel_recommendations.htm.

La Leche League International External Web Site Policy also provides information and tips on breastfeeding while traveling.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, April 21). Breastfeeding: Travel recommendations for the nursing mother. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/travel_recommendations.htm [top]

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Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 12/19/2013

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