How to Breastfeed on a Plane

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Breastfeeding on a plane might feel very natural to you or it might be very intimidating, depending on your experiences and your comfort levels and nursing. Find out how to breastfeed on a plane with help from a parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina. And this is how to breastfeed on a plane. Breastfeeding on a plane might feel very natural to you or it might be very intimidating, depending on your experiences and your comfort levels and nursing. It's important before you book your flight to think about where you might be most comfortable. Would you be most comfortable on the aisle, able to get out and go to the bathroom with the baby. Or, would you be most comfortable by the window, not having another elbow to bump into and maybe having a bit more space to prop your baby up on the window area. One of my favorite ways to discreetly breastfeed is using a scarf. Lightweight scarves provide the perfect solution to not wanting to carry around an extra receiving blanket. And when you drape a receiving blanket over your shoulder, it becomes kind of obvious what you're doing. The more obvious it is, the less discreet. I prefer using something that I'm already wearing, something that I can incorporate into my wardrobe. And on a plane, this is very helpful. It's something that drapes nicely and comfortably and yet it covers perfectly. If your baby is little, then cradling them in your arm isn't difficult. They don't take up much room and it's really not a big deal. You're not going to be in the way of anyone. However, if your baby is older and your primary way of nursing is to cradle or to lay down. You might want to practice sitting up and nursing. Having your baby sit on your lap and nurse from the seated position. That way you don't have little baby legs kicking your fellow passengers. These are just a few tips for when nursing on a plane. But of course, it's most important to go into with a baby who has a full belly already. Thanks for watching.

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