Have Infant, Will Travel

Traveling with an infant can be daunting. Whether heading out for a fun summer getaway, taking a trip during the holidays or for a weekend at Grandma’s house, parents can be overwhelmed with decisions about packing enough diapers, wipes, baby wash, binkies, clothes, and everything else that a baby may need to be comfortable on vacation. Here are five quick tips to ensure smooth and safe bottle-feeding while traveling:

  1. Know the Rules and Fly Through TSA: Did you know that formula and breast milk are permitted in your carry-on bag on board a flight, even if it is more than the allowed 3.4 ounces for liquids? If you are flying with breast milk or formula, tell the TSA officers at the beginning of the screening process that you wish to bring formula or breast milk on to the flight and they will work with you to accommodate your needs. Familiarize yourself with the TSA’s latest requirements before leaving for the airport.
  2. There’s No Vacation from Safe Bottle Prep: Whether in your kitchen or on the road, it’s important to always start with safe bottle preparation. From bringing wet-wipes to sanitize your hands, to having a supply of clean bottles, small things can make a big difference when proper sanitation supplies are limited. While traveling with an infant, be sure to clean and dry bottles, nipples, and breast pumping equipment. Also consider packing the best travel containers that will keep your items clean during your trip. Click here for simple tips for safe bottle prep.
  3. Formula Feeding? Ready-to-feed formula can be super convenient when you’re on the road, especially if you won’t have access to safe water. If you know you won’t have access to safe water, consider purchasing sealed bottled water on the road or bringing some with you. Also, be sure to check the expiration dates of your formula containers before you leave home and discard any expired formula.
  4. Bottle Feeding with Breast Milk? Make sure your stored breast milk is properly labeled and transported in an insulated cooler with ice packs. When you arrive at your destination, immediately refrigerate the milk you plan to use within a day and freeze any additional milk for later use. If the breastmilk was frozen and thawed during travel, don’t forget to use it within 24 hours.