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How to Feed a Baby on a Long Flight

Be prepared to feed your baby on your next long flight and enjoy the smooth ride.


  • Step 1: Bring supplies Pack plenty of baby food and utensils.
  • TIP: Liquid-filled teethers and canned, jarred, and processed baby food are allowed in your carry-on luggage.
  • Step 2: Call the airline Call the airline and ask them how much bottled breast milk or formula is allowed on the flight. Babies and breastfeeding mothers may need extra fluids to stay hydrated during the flight.
  • Step 3: Declare items Delcare and present your breast milk or formula for additional screening at the security checkpoint.
  • Step 4: Pack nursing cover Pack a nursing cover to discreetly feed your baby on the plane if you're nursing.
  • Step 5: Be prepared Ask the flight attendant to warm the milk or formula before the baby cries for a feeding.
  • Step 6: Feed your baby Feed your baby or give them a pacifier during take-off and landing to help equalize your baby's ears.
  • FACT: Recent studies show that babies who are exclusively breastfed for 6 months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

You Will Need

  • Baby food
  • Utensils
  • Breast milk or formula
  • Nursing cover
  • Pacifier
  • Teethers (optional)

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