Being a breastfeeding mom and traveling isn’t an easy job. Flying with a nursing baby or hitting the road for work with a breast pump on your shoulder requires a little extra patience and a lot of additional preparation. Never fear! TravelingMom is here…with a comprehensive packing list for nursing moms everywhere.

Packing List for Breastfeeding and Pumping During Travel

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2015), TravelingMom’s family travel experts have pooled their collective travel and breastfeeding experience to help other moms who want to travel during the nursing years. Traveling while breastfeeding or pumping can require some specialized gear and supplies. So, we’ve compiled the ultimate packing list for nursing and pumping moms so you’ll never forget a thing in your travels.

(Need more tips for traveling while nursing or pumping? Check out TravelingMom’s 21 top tips for travel and breastfeeding.)

Packing List for Breastfeeding & Pumping Moms

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  • Nursing tanks or shirts
  • Nursing bras
  • Hands-free pumping bra
  • Breast pads

Nursing Supplies

Pumping Supplies

  • Hand pump
  • Electric pump
  • Tubing
  • Flanges / Breastshields
  • Storage bottles (with caps!)
  • Milk storage bags
  • AC Adapter
  • Battery pack
  • Extra batteries
  • Ice pack
  • Cooler

Bottle Feeding

  • Bottles & nipples
  • Any pre-pumped milk you might need
  • Formula (for emergencies and/or supplementing) (Enfamil’s single serve sleeves are very convenient for travel)



  • Lanolin cream
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle

Have you traveled while pumping or nursing? Is there anything else you would add?