Melissa Portunato MPH, IBCLC, RLC
Are you ready to hit the road with your baby and breast pump this holiday season? Planning ahead will eliminate unnecessary stress so you can enjoy the time away with your growing family. Read on for our best tips for traveling with your rechargeable breast pump.
In the car
Car Charger is a MUST! Spectra has car chargers for both the Spectra 9 Plus (9 volt) and the Spectra S1 (12 volt). We recommend charging your Spectra rechargeable pump for 3-4 hours; leaving it to charge overnight can ultimately damage the battery. If you’re traveling abroad, Spectra baby USA breast pumps are internationally compatible, which means all you need is the country converter, and you’re all set!
On a plane
Yes, you can absolutely pump on a plane! And your breast pump does NOT count as an additional carry-on. Find out more on the TSA guidelines on carrying a breast pump and breastmilk here. Don’t pump in the restroom! Most airports now provide private pumping pods where you can nurse or pump in a clean, quiet space. Download the app to plan ahead and find the nearest pod if you need to pump before boarding.
Anywhere Must – Haves
Keep your breast milk cool when a refrigerator is not available. Transport refrigerated/frozen milk by placing breastmilk in an insulated bag or cooler with a frozen cold pack. Milk should be refrigerated or frozen within 24 hours.
Remember the RULE of 4! According to the CDC, breastmilk is optimal for 4 hours at room temp, four days in the fridge, and 4-6 months in the freezer. If you will be freezing your breastmilk, it’s best to freeze it right away. Refrigerated breast milk can be frozen within four days of expression.
It’s recommended that you wash all your pumping parts (except tubing) after every use in a designated basin with warm soapy water. In addition, the CDC recommends sanitizing parts once daily for extra germ removal. If you know you won’t have access to a sink, bring enough sets of pump parts to get you through the day. Placing pumping parts in the refrigerator in between uses is not recommended.
Every mom should have a hand pump as a backup. They are lightweight, convenient, and can be your lifeline in an emergency! Throw it in your pump bag and never get left without pumping if you run out of battery on your rechargeable electric breast pump.
Pumping Packing List
✔ Pump Bag
✔ Power cord
✔ Breast pump
✔ Car adapter
✔ Extra accessories – duckbills, backflows, flanges, bottles, caps, and disks
✔ Wet bag for used pump parts
✔ Milk Storage Bags
✔ Cooler kit with an ice pack
✔ Hand pump
✔ Nursing Cover
✔ Paper Towels or Napkins for spills
✔ Hand Sanitizer
Have more questions before you hit the road? Email us at IBCLC@spectrababyusa.com!
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