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We’re so glad you asked! For many of us, jet lag can affect us intensely (you feel sick, hungover, and exhausted) and for those lucky few, it’s just a slight irritation. We know how it affects our bodies and schedules in almost every way, but it’s a good thing to consider how it will affect your milk supply before you book your next trip or plan your next holiday.
Wendy Wright, Willow’s IBCLC says, "If possible keep your pumping schedule on your own time zone throughout your travel. Your body will deliver more milk because it’s used to that rhythm and routine. And the same goes for breastfeeding if you’re bringing your infant along with you!”
Since your body is used to making milk on your timezone, what happens is that when you change time zones it will take a few days for your supply to adjust to the new schedule. Not only that but traveling is exhausting (especially with security checks, long lines, TSA rules and a global pandemic on top of it.) so Wendy suggests that you:
Set expectations for yourself while you travel. You may get a little bit less milk than normal but that’s because the effects of travel like tiredness, dehydration, inconsistent eating habits, questionable airport food, and a wonky schedule can all do a number on your milk supply.
Celebrate how much milk you were able to pump and for staying consistent with your routine.
When you return home, try scheduling a power pumping session for one to two days following your return to get your supply back up.
Save travels to all of our mamas out there.
This article was written in partnership with our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Wendy Wright, who loves working side by side with moms and babies to find that secret sauce! She’s also a mother of two and the Mom Experience Lead at Willow Pump.
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