How to breastfeed on a plane

How to breastfeed on a plane

Should you breastfeed or formula feed a child on the plane? How to breastfeed on a plane? Which is easier? If you’re wondering about these questions, read on for more tips!

Should you breastfeed on the plane?

Breastfeeding is a great way to soothe a fussy child, help them relieve ear pressure and lull them to sleep.

Most airlines have breastfeeding friendly policies, but if you are unsure, check the airline’s website before you go.

If you are deciding between nursing or using formula, I can tell you from personal experience that breastfeeding is the way to go!

Not only do you not have to fiddle with cleaning bottles, it’s a totally discreet and convenient way to feed and calm your child. From what I’ve experienced, I can tell you that most passengers are too absorbed in their devices/books to even know what’s up! 

How to breastfeed on the plane

There’s no need to leave your seat to nurse your child. Bring a wrap to cover up if that makes you more comfortable.

Pick a window or middle seat if you prefer more privacy but I’ve breastfed without any issues while seated at an aisle seat on a full flight.

If you need a nursing pillow, consider the travel version of the Boppy Pillow.

Full disclosure: I bought a travel Boppy for an upcoming trip but changed my mind when I saw how bulky it was. During the flight, I used two airplane pillows to prop my kid up and it did the trick!

Tip: Breastfeeding is thirsty work and the desert-dry air on the plane means that you’ll need to drink more water than usual. A simple way to ensure that you stay hydrated is to take a swig of water after breastfeeding your child.

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Maureen

Hi there! I'm Maureen and I'm so glad you are here! Parenthood is an amazing journey filled with whys and how-tos, and my mission is to help you find answers to these questions.

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