Even if you are breastfeeding it may become impossible to do this when you are travelling. The baby will not be taking a break from being hungry. He/she will need to be fed. Formula Feeding becomes the most obvious choice in such cases. For those that do not normally use this method, it can be quite difficult to do it while on route. Parents that use baby formula on a daily basis or on occasion will find some challenges arising as well when the environment is changed. As such, we have found a great resource created by a mother going through this phase. It covers some of the ways to prepare as well as what you ought to be mindful of.
hi everyone I'm just making this video to show you how to travel on an international flight or a short haul flight if you are traveling and wondering how to feed your baby on an airplane this is also good if you're just going out for the day and you need to bring some food along so I have some items here that you'll be bring in with you on the plane this is the thermos or container this will be where you put your hot water this is the thermos case this is what the thermos goes into as you can see this product is made by a vent Philips and the thermos screws in to the bottom and then you can put the top over the sermons it's specifically made for babies and the nice thing about this product is that when you're on the airplane you not only have your hot water in the thermos but you also have a container where you can fill the hot water and then place your bottle inside and that will heat the milk or formula for your baby so the things that you'll need to bring with you is a thermos with hot water you can have this plastic container but it's not necessary and I will explain why and a little bit you also need one or two or three bottles depending on the flight duration you will need some milk bags these are breast milk bags but I'm using them for formula if you're interested in the the brand it's called lansinoh brand I'm not sure if you can see there and these are for breast milk they are BPA bps free so you don't have to worry about leaching and all that stuff and you're also going to want formula whatever formula your baby is drinking and just some regular water room temperature water and a little washcloth or spit-up rag so what I did what I like to do is figure out how long your flight is so in our case we had a nine hour international flight and you want to find out how much your baby is going to be eating during that flight so we figured that our baby ate every two hours so on a nine hour flight that's about for about four feedings but you may want to bring some extra food just in case there's a delay or yeah something happens so what we ended up doing was we brought this big container of formula on the plane with us in our hand luggage and we also brought some I put some formula in the plastic bags so that I didn't have to scoop out formula while I was on the plane and I put these in the diaper bag so then what you want to do is fill your bag with however much formula your baby's eating and you can store this in your diaper bag as I mentioned just ready for when your baby's hungry and also I like to fill the bottle with water room-temperature water so that it's ready to go for when my baby's hungry so you would just fill the bottle with water and have that ready in your diaper bag for the first feeding on the plane so then when you have when you have the water in your container there's two things you can do you can either fill this all the way with that amount of water you will need to mix with the formula and then you can take the hot water out of the thermos pour it into the plastic container then put the bottle inside and wait for it to warm or what I found was better and faster is just fill your water bottle just fill the bottle with water up to maybe an ounce or twenty to thirty milliliters of room-temperature water and then fill the rest of the amount of water that you need with the hot water from the thermos so then your water is instantly warm of course you want to check that it's not too hot so you'll check the water on your wrist but if you do it frequently enough and you do it before the flight then you'll probably know what your ratio is and if it's going to be warm enough or too hot so then after you fill the water with your room temperature water and your hot water then you're going to open the bag and pour the water into the bag I won't do it now but you're going to fill this up and then seal the bag tightly it has a double double closure so it's really not gonna spill anywhere and then you're going to shake it up mix it up and so that the formula dissolves really well and and yeah when it's ready when it's mixed well then you will place the ball place the place the formula carefully inside of the bottle like this and then open the top fold the top over the mouth of your bottle you want to make sure you have a bottle where the bag can easily fit over the top I'm using mam ma m brand bottles and then you take your top bottle top nipple and you screw it on to the top and it screws easily without a problem and then you can feed your baby and as you're feeding your baby the bag will collapse on itself there's no problem with the milk getting to the nipple my babies never had a problem drinking and if you're familiar with the place text drop in system it's similar and they say that it's good for babies with reflux because there's less air in the bottle but I'm not sure that's true and the not Playtex drop in this is just a regular breast milk bag I did contact the lansinoh company they said that they do not recommend filling the bags with water like using them for travel the way that I am but I did it and didn't have a problem and yeah they're BPA bps free you store breast milk in them anyway so I thought it would be fine yeah and so then also just in if you're traveling with someone maybe you're asleep and they don't know the amount of water to formula ratio what you can do is take a sharpie and write on your bag the amount of water so I need two hundred and ten milliliters of water for this amount of formula so then whoever you're traveling with knows okay 210 that's how much water in total we need to make formula and sometimes after you place the bag inside of the bottle and you screw the top on there's still a little bit of milk on the outer edge of the bag because for you mixed it so then you can take your little cloth or a wipe or anything and then just wipe the milk off that way it doesn't get on you or the baby and after your baby is done eating then the top will be dirty not sterilized and so you're wondering well what can I do if I'm on a long-haul flight and I need to feed my baby eight times on the airplane so what we did was we brought eight bottle tops with us it has the plastic top and then the nipple part and the part that screws on so we brought something like six or eight of these with us in separate bag and so I brought one bag with tops and one empty bag so this is our clean bag this has all the clean tops and this other plastic bag I marked it as our dirty bag so when we had a dirty tops and I would put it in here so this is still clean because this just had a plastic bag in it so all we did was take the plastic used bag of formula out we dumped out any liquid that we may have had left into the airplane bathroom sink and we just threw the bag away and then with the dirty top I put it inside of the bag marked 30 and then our bottle was ready for the next feeding so then I took my clean bag with the clean top and I put a new clean one on the bottle and it was ready for the next feeding and then the next feeding we had another bag that was already ready and then you go through the same process you fill your container your bottle with the amount of water that you want then you put the water inside the bag mix the bag and mix the formula then you put the bag inside the bottle screw the top on your baby drinks the milk when they're done you put this use top into the dirty bag and then you put a clean top on so that's how you can fly on an airplane you might wonder what you can bring with you we were able to bring a whole container a formula in our tech baggage and these little pre-made bags that I made in the diaper bag that we also carried on we were able to bring one and a half liters of water you are able to bring water for your baby's formula as long as it's a reasonable amount and we were also able to bring a container of hot water in this thermos with the top on but they will check they will ask to look in your in your bag your diaper bag they will ask to check the formula and the water and they put it in a machine to test it to make sure you know everything is safe and you're not carrying anything dangerous onto the plane so you should take some time to get to the airport early and just know that they're going to have to check these items but you can bring these items with you some people suggest it online that you could ask the flight attendants to heat the bottle for you with warm or hot water that they use to make coffee and tea it's also not really recommended to do that because the water you're not sure if it's really bacteria free so you really if your child is a small child so a newborn one two three months i really suggest that you bring bottled water and yeah do not use the water in the airplane bathroom they're usually signs that say this is not drinkable water so definitely don't use that you could ask the airline people to warm your water for you they could give you hot water and something like this and you could warm your bottle that way if you just bring in room-temperature water but we had to feed our baby so many times so with that I just didn't want to bother the staff with bringing us hot water each time and honestly if you fill this with hot water and then you use it in your bottle it's much faster much much faster you don't have to wait at all for the water to warm up also you may be wondering well how long does hot water stay hot in a thermos and we actually did some experiments at home before we took a thermos with us on our flight we had three different sizes of thermoses we had this one we had a small cup type of thermos and we had a very large thermos and all of them retain heat really well the largest container that we used held hot water for 16 hours the smallest one held hot water for I think 5 hours and this one held hot water for about 10 hours I think so it was plenty plenty of time for us for and for our flight and the baby had hot water also if you're not concerned with heating your baby's formula you could just bring regular room-temperature water and just use the bag system with room temperature water if your baby doesn't mind drinking their milk that way so when I'm going out to run errands or something like that this is also really convenient or if you're doing something like hiking and you don't want to bring everything with you what can you bring so usually what I do is I will make a couple so it depends on how long we're out but one or two or three bags like this filled with formula and I will fill this with water and put a top on it and bring this and that's it and we're good to go sometimes if we're out for a little bit longer then I'll bring you an extra top and dirty bag to keep the dirty Thompson but if you're going out you just need one or two of these bags some water in a bottle maybe an extra top and the hot water if if your baby likes hot water for if you don't have any water at home you can bring the formula and the bag the bottle and an extra top and you can buy bottled water while you're out at the store so that's it if you have any questions please leave questions in the comments below thanks