The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, especially for mommies. With parties, dinners, get-together’s, and the family traditions, pumping through the holidays can get a little hectic. Here are a few great tips to make it a little less stressful.
You’ll likely find yourself on-the go or surrounded by a group throughout the holiday season, which is a wonderful thing because you’re seeing loved ones, but can create a few hassles with breastfeeding or pumping. While traveling you may run into some issues with not being able to find an outlet to pump, or having your hands full, especially if you’re traveling separately from baby and need to pump exclusively.
You could look into getting a battery operated pump- the Medela Freestyle comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and also includes a hands-free accessory set (which is a great amenity if you’re pumping in a small place, trying to juggle the pump bag or motor, and shields, etc). Ameda and Tomy also offer pumps that are a little less costly that can be battery operated, but the batteries are not rechargeable and must be purchased and loaded into the pumps.
If you’re flying or going a long distance, try to avoid the hassle of having to undress and dress again by wearing a nursing tank. If it isn’t exactly hot enough or you’re not comfortable, wear a cover up, cardigan, or shawl. This way you have easy access to the breast for feeding stops or for breastfeeding on a plane.
Planning to pump ahead of time to keep extra milk for a traveling child is a great way to get ahead- and the best way to keep your milk good is to put it in a smaller insulated cooler. You can bring more than 3 oz of milk onto a plane (it must be inspected, but if you do your research and notify security that you are transporting breast milk, they can guide you through the process).
If you’re ready to face the holidays with your breastfed baby, and ready to introduce them to family but don’t yet have a pump, don’t worry. Most insurance companies now cover breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies at little- to-no cost to the patient under the Affordable Care Act.
Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you easily find out if your insurance policy covers a breast pump by simply completing our Qualify Through Insurance form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will verify your coverage and network status, and contact you within 3-5 business days with your options. You can also view a wide variety of supplies at a great cost at our online store, Aeroflow Mom & Baby.
Let Aeroflow Breastpumps take the stress out of your holiday plans. Qualify for your free breast pump through insurance today!