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Nervous about breastfeeding on plane & Has anyone used glamourmom tanks?

post #1 of 13
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We are taking an international flight (8+ hrs) with our 7 month old. I'm sorta nervous about breastfeeding on the flight and while traveling, etc. I'm worried about being covered when I'm so close to other people on the flight because my baby girl hates the nursing cover I have and throws it right off if I try to use it. I'm also concerned about leaking issues.

 

I have a lot of milk and I am always leaking and even though I wear breast pads all the time, I usually have to change my entire nursing bra and shirt once a day because it leaks out all over, regardless of the pads I use. It is so annoying. I don't mind if I'm just at home, but if I'm out somewhere, it can be embarrassing. I wish there was a breast pad that was so big it was like a cup I could wrap around my breasts to keep in the milk when I need it. The little breast pads just do not work. I've tried the disposable and the cloth, they just always get moved around in there and aren't in the right spot when I need them. So, I'm wondering if anyone has a nursing top or nursing pads they absolutely love? I was looking at the glamourmom nursing tanks and they look nice but they are so expensive. Has anyone used them and are they worth it? I like that they are really long also.

post #2 of 13

I have a GlamourMom tank and I really like it!  Mine is for larger-chested people and so I don't know if it's terribly different in design from the standard ones.  But I like that it has more coverage of my decoletage--Bravado's nursing tanks are pretty low-cut, even though I do like them, too (just with something over them if I go out with them on).  

 

GlamourMom tanks have a "holster" (for lack of a better word) for your breast so that less skin is exposed, which I like, and it has an actual adjustable band in the back like a normal bra.  Again, this was my experience with the larger sizes so YMMV.

 

I always try to see if there is an empty seat on the plane and ask flight attendants if I can be near it since I need to nurse.  Lately it seems like there's less availability, but it can't hurt to ask. :)

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by To-Fu View Post

I have a GlamourMom tank and I really like it!  Mine is for larger-chested people and so I don't know if it's terribly different in design from the standard ones.  But I like that it has more coverage of my decoletage--Bravado's nursing tanks are pretty low-cut, even though I do like them, too (just with something over them if I go out with them on).  

 

GlamourMom tanks have a "holster" (for lack of a better word) for your breast so that less skin is exposed, which I like, and it has an actual adjustable band in the back like a normal bra.  Again, this was my experience with the larger sizes so YMMV.

 

I always try to see if there is an empty seat on the plane and ask flight attendants if I can be near it since I need to nurse.  Lately it seems like there's less availability, but it can't hurt to ask. :)

 

Good luck!


Is this the one that you have? http://www.glamourmom.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=588. Can you wear it alone as a regular shirt?

post #4 of 13

I have flown from Canada to:

 

Cuba at three months

Australia at 6 months

 

I can tell you that breastfeeding on the plane was really easy. The rows are so small that people can't really see well... if you sit at the window and your travel partner sits beside you, most people will have no idea what you are doing. If you are worried have him lean forward a little or read a paper! Trust me no one will notice.

 

I also brought my ERGO carrier and fed her while walking in the aisles.. no one had any idea!

 

Have a great flight!!!

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks! I have an ergo also, but I haven't been able to breastfeed in it very well, I've tried and I just can't get the hang of it :) We did request a bassinet for the plane, so I'm hoping that means we'll be in a place with more leg room, since I don't know how it would fit in the regular seating area. Maybe they'll put us in the front or something near the bathroom.
 

post #6 of 13

A few short ideas:

 

--Sit at the window with your partner beside. Then don't bother to cover; no one can see.

 

--Do you cloth diaper? Stuff a newborn prefold in your bra. Only thing that holds my leaks!

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by MichelleZB View Post

A few short ideas:

 

--Sit at the window with your partner beside. Then don't bother to cover; no one can see.

 

--Do you cloth diaper? Stuff a newborn prefold in your bra. Only thing that holds my leaks!

 



I stuff a cloth prefold in my shirt at night to take care of leaks, but it doesn't look too nice with my normal clothes :) Thanks for the ideas :)

post #8 of 13

Have you tried "milkies"? I haven't, but they are pouches that fit in your bra and catch milk that leaks. Sounds like it might suit your needs, even if you end up having to pitch it. I have 3 Glamourmom tanks and they get heavy use; after almost a year they are still in great condition. I too have the larger busted version. I wear them  by themselves or layered.

 

IMO, nursing on the plane is no big deal. In general I think that we worry way more about how we come across than anyone else does... other people probably do not notice or care what you are doing. Anyone who makes a big deal of you nursing is probably a jerk anyway.

post #9 of 13
Chiming in with my endorsement of the Glamourmom tanks. I have two and their nursing nightgown and they're all in heavy rotation. They're all comfortable enough to sleep in and the tanks provide enough support that I feel comfortable in them (which I can't normally say of tanks with built in support).
post #10 of 13
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post #11 of 13

I've bf'd on the plane several times with both of my kids. I agree that others generally won't notice & quite frankly anyone would rather see someone bf than to listen to a baby cry.

 

I have a glamour mom top but don't love it. The hole is too small imo & doesn't support my breasts enough - but I am a HH cup so it really is not made for me.

post #12 of 13
Ive flown severally times but they were only 3 hr flights. It was easier with my 1st just cuz she would always pass out during take off. However recently, my then 5mo, took a little adjusting. One time It was his nap time and we planned on rocking him to sleep just before boarding which would have worked if our flight wasn't delayed a couple times so watch out for that. By the time we did board, his nap time was approaching. It took a little mor effort to get him calmed down. He often fights the sandman for several mins b4 giving in. But he eventually did. He just needed time to adjust.
Another time We had only just been seated and he was calm until someone sat down in the seat in front of us so hard that the seat bounced back and hit him in the head so be carelful with that. I was beyond angry and ds was not at all happy himself. They apologized having a toddler of their own but ds' peaceful mood was lost for the next 20 mins or so. I tried bfing to calm him but he was hurt and overly tired and wanted no parts of the cover which only upset him more. I don't care to own any nursing tops, so I just lifted my shirt from the bottom and discretely latched him on with the cover sort of out of his way but also blocking the view of the curious people in front of us. We had one of these clips that turns any blanket into a cover which was useful.
I do own a few nursing bras which can make it easier and more comfortable but sometimes I just lift up a regular bra and let him go to town. So anyway, he eventually calmed down and slept most of the flight. I think something about being up in the air made both my babies sleepy.
On the plane I found that sitting at the window seat and having a travel partner next to me was all I needed to be discrete after giving up the fight with the cover lol. Also, depending on how old your baby is, you can keep him/her entertained with toys. I have a kindle fire and iPad with some little videos on there that he likes to watch - video of himself and some similar to baby Einstein. Also, for the leaking, could you try super absorbent maxi pads? Maybe cut them to size? I don't leak so I've never tried it.
I hope this gives you a little insight. Try to stay calm yourself. Babies pick up on that . Good luck and happy travels.
post #13 of 13
I have two glamourmom tanks and I don't like them. The fabric is really thick and uncomfortable, feels really synthetic to me. Even though it really thick, you can see the cutout in the boob for nursing. They're the kind that have the circle cutout not the drop cup style which I prefer.
Comfortable fabric is a huge deal to me, so it may not be as big of an issue to most people.

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