Travelling, Pumping & Working... Jessica Writes

It is a great time to travel when your new bundle of joy is right in your arms, and breastfeeding because your baby is with you is really great!  

Now, the hard part, if you are travelling and pumping and working?!!

Our friend Jessica Shortall has writen an excellent book, part mom story, part 411, from her wild travel experiences working for TOMS (yes the famous shoe company).  

 You can buy her book at Amazon or many other places.

Work, Pump, Repeat; Jessica Shortall Breastfeeding Pumping Working Mom

 

 Here is the link to her info-graphic

Below is the text of her info-graphic on breastfeeding + pumping while travelling/working.

 1. Call ahead

Call the client office, conference center, or venue where you'll be spending time. Find a friendly person and straight-up tell them you're breastfeeding and need their help identifying a private place to pump, and a fridge to store milk.

2.  Prepare for the airport

Pack your individual breast pump parts in ziploc bags in case the TSA worker wants to inspect them.  Minimize your carry-ons, because you'll have a bag or cooler full of milk on your way home.  

**Print this TSA provided link that says you're allowed to travel with a pump and as much breastmilk as you want.

https://www.tsa.gov/traveling-formula-breast-milk-and-juice

3.  Learn to pump in a bathroom

 Family restrooms are the best because they have outlets and counters and sinks. But in a bind, you can use your pump's battery pack and stand in a stall with the pump bag hung on the door hook. Throw the pump parts in a Ziploc and worry about washing them later.

4. Hotel

If they won't give you a fridge, say "FOR MEDICAL REASONS" until they cave. If they make you use the minibar, tell them that you expect not to be charged for moving stuff out of there. And if there just is no fridge, demand access to a kitchen fridge for your "medicine." Get the location of this fridge in writing so you can help the morning shift-worker find it when you check out.

Supplies List-

- Reusable, lined lunchbag (for bringing milk home) for 1-2 day trip

- Soft-sided 6-pack cooler for 3-7 day trip

- Lots of large, slider-top Ziploc bags

- More breastmilk storage bags than you think you'll need

- Gel ice packs (in a pinch, get a flight attendent or airport bartender to put ice in some empty breastmilk storage bags)

- A big shawl in case you need to pump somewhere less-than-private

 - Book: Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work by Jessica Shortall Abrams Image, out September 8, 2015 www.workpumprepeat.com

*Took a little liberty to add a few items:

- We recommend packing  2-4 Bella Materna Nursing Bras, Nursing Tanks, Nursing Gowns, Nursing Essentials. you will need to have these key tools while you are on the road.  We have underwire or wirefree nursing bras available to fit 32-44 B-J cups.

Smooth Wirefree Nursing Bra by Bella MaternaSexy TShirt Nursing Bra

- Breast Leak Prevention

we have 2 options:

 

Lily Padz Silicone prevents leaks - these are nice because you only need 1 pair, less bulk, easier to travel, easy to clean, quick to dry.  When you notice they are not sticking, that indicates when they need to be cleaned.  Use your body soap or shampoo to clean them.

Bamboo Travel Nursing Pads - if you leak be sure you have these extra soft and easy to use Bamboo Disposable Nursing Pads.  Made with the absolute best materials, Eco Pure, and extra milk barrier to ensure no leaks make their way.  

Bamboo Travel Nursing Pad

 

 

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

The ACA requires new private health insurance plans, including those available in the new health insurance marketplaces, to provide coverage for specified women’s preventive health services with no cost sharing (e.g., copayment, coinsurance, or deductible). Breastfeeding support, supplies and lactation counseling are one of these specified preventive services.

I appreciate that it is covered under 'preventive services', because breastfeeding prevents disease! Why NOT breastfeed or use breastmilk banks?

exerpt from National Confrence for State Legislators:

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

February 2014; material added June 30, 2014

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special focus on providing newly required coverage for a wide range of health preventive and screening services.  In particular, the 63 distinct preventive services listed below must be covered without the enrollee having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet a deductible. This coverage began back in September 2010 for some newly issued health plans; effective January 1, 2014, it applies much more broadly, to plans offered in the individual, small, and some large group markets.  There are and can be exceptions for some grandfathered employer plans and policies bought by persons who are exempt from the individual coverage mandate. For commercial health insurance, both inside and outside of health exchanges, this no-cost feature applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.  The material and service-specific links below includes material posted online by HHS at www.healthfinder.gov/prevention.  

 

Also, I found this link Getting Ready to Breastfeed on Health Finder and this link with helpful planning answers on Womens Health to be a good tool for pregant moms planning to breastfeed (yeah!!). 

New goal for USA is 82% of all babies breastfed by 2020.

 

pregnancy is beautiful at bellamaterna.com

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are beautiful!

For more information:

Hopefully this has been helpful to you, finding resources to help make the transition to breastfeeding an easier one!  

If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

Health Awareness: Breastfeeding is challenging.

Breastfeeding is challenging.

Despite the many rewards and health benefits of breastfeeding, it can be challenging. For example:

  • Being the sole source of nutrition for your infant is not always easy.
  • Many nursing mothers have sore nipples, breast engorgement (very full breasts) when their “milk comes in”, and occasionally breast infections that require treatment with antibiotics.
  • Some women have had breast surgery that can reduce the amount of human milk they produce. These women may have to feed their infants with formula in addition to the milk they produce.
  • Breastfeeding can be stressful. For instance, a lack of support by family, social network and/or colleagues can cause discomfort and anxiety.
  • If you are a breastfeeding mother, one way to reduce stress is to make sure that you continue to take care of yourself, including developing support networks with friends and family and other women who are breastfeeding.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers about ongoing medical or mental health conditions.

While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone.

  • Some women may have physical challenges that make breastfeeding and/or pumping breast milk difficult or impossible.
  • Others may have personal reasons why breastfeeding is not the right choice.
  • Some women may take certain medications that make breastfeeding impossible.
  • Milk Banks can provide breastmilk if mothers are unable to provide it.  Click here to learn more and find a location near you
  • North America: Human Milk Banking Association of North America.   
  • United Kingdom: United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
  • Europe: European Milk Banking 

Every mother is unique. Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.

Resources * 

* Resources listed are helpful, but do not replace the advise of your medical professional, always contact them for information on the best care for you and your baby.
    Thanks to the USA Vetrans Affairs site for this reference information.

    If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

    Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

    Anne

    Bella Materna|President|Mom

    Health Awareness Campaigns: Breastfeeding is important for babies.

    Health Awareness Campaigns: Breastfeeding is important for babies.

    Breastfeeding has many positive benefits for moms and their babies and is the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants. Human breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants and protects them from a wide array of infections and other health problems. If you are thinking about breastfeeding, consider the following benefits both for you and your child.

    Breastfeeding is important for babies.

    • Protects your baby from infection—even the milk produced during the first few days after birth is packed with antibodies that fight infection.
    • Reduces your baby’s risk of severe chest infections like pneumonia, ear infections, and stomach issues.
    • Helps your baby’s immune system develop and lowers the risk of asthma, allergies, type 1 diabetes, and childhood leukemia.
    • Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
    • Reduces your child’s risk for obesity.
    • Improves your child’s ability to learn and process information.


    Breastfeeding is Best

    While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone. 

    Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.

     

     

     

     

     

    Download a guide to breastfeeding at WomensHealth.gov This guide offers easy how-to information and support for breastfeeding successfully. Resources * 

    * Resources listed are helpful, but do not replace the advise of your medical professional, always contact them for information on the best care for you and your baby.
      Thanks to the USA Vetrans Affairs site for this reference information.

      If you need help in getting the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

      Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

      Anne

      Bella Materna|President|Mom

      Anne Dimond Bella Materna Designer Nursing Bras