Holiday Survival

5 Tips for Donors

by: Sarah Long, IBCLC, Clinical Coordinator

Bella Pumping-holiday survival

  1. Make time to breastfeed or pump:  Set an alarm on your phone to remind you or follow your babies feeding queues.
  2. Pre-Pack your Pump: Make sure you have enough bottles, membranes and flanges to make it through your visit. Maybe tuck a hand pump in your bag in case of an emergency.
  3.  Be Prepared: Make sure you know that your destination has an outlet you can use. Bring a cooler and an ice pack. If you have a car battery adapter for your pump, make sure it's working. Traveling in the cold can often lead to unforeseen circumstances.
  4. Have a drink: Water, Water, Water! Breastfeeding moms need water! This is a time of merriment and cheer. We want you to enjoy but please remember not to donate milk that has been pumped within 12 hours of your last alcoholic beverage.
  5. TAKE A BREAK: Amongst the craziness make sure you are taking care of yourself. You're doing a big job here by making milk so give yourself a break! Ask for help when you need and have a rest! Cheers!