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Do you nurse your toddler upon take-off and landing when flying? And/or during the flight?<br><br>
If so, is it hard logistically (because the seats are small)? I've done it during the infant stage but haven't tried with a toddler.<br><br>
Also, have you had positive or negative experiences with airline personnel and other travelers if you've nursed a toddler?<br><br>
Please share your stories and experiences.
 

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I just went on a cross country trip with DS, 20 months. I didn't nurse on takeoff or landing - he had his own seat, and my understanding was he needed to be strapped in. He did suck his thumb, and we had juice with a straw to help with popping his ears. We used Rescue Remedy, and he slept most of the time, but we did nurse - I didn't have a problem with the space, and nobody commented. He was pretty quietly nursing, not doing the 'can I get my foot in mommy's bra strap' dance we get sometimes. Since he was so still and I used a blanket I don't know if anyone noticed.
 

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We just took a cross-country flight to WDW at the beginning of Feb. and I nursed my DD on take-off and landing. But it was REALLY easy because she had her own seat because we brought her carseat, and I put her RF'ing, so I just leaned over and nursed her and she fell right asleep buckled into her seat.
 

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I nursed dd on the plane, and it can be awkward if you have someone sitting next to you. When she was just under 2, she flew on my lap (ds was next to the window and dh stayed at home). I was in the middle seat, and there was someone sitting next to me and she kept kicking the poor guy while she was nursing! There just wasn't enough room for her to lie comfortably on that side. She was OK on the other side because she was just crowding ds. But he was small enough that I could tell him to move over. Can't very well do that with a 250 lb. business traveler! It was a little awkward and embarrasing for all of us, and I've never been bothered by nursing in public.<br><br>
But then again, I nursed her when she was about 30 months when we flew this winter. We had stopped nursing in public a couple of months earlier because I'm working on weaning (note the tense, she just turned three and we're STILL working on it!). I really didn't want to nurse her. But it was an evening flight and she was getting crankier and crankier. Finally I nursed her to save the ears of the people around us. This time I had an aisle seat and she had the middle seat next to me (ds had the window seat so we had the whole row). I nursed her and no one noticed. In fact, the guy across the aisle from me said "wow, one minute she's fussing and the next, she's really cheerful!" I smiled and said yes. I should have had the guts to say "yep, it's amazing what a little nursing will do!"<br><br>
So, it all depends on your seating.
 

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I just flew with my one year old, 6 flights, and had no problems nursing. Didn't always nurse at takeoff and landing, she seemed to regulate her ears fine without it.<br>
Everyone was really nice, one flight attendant kept bringing me more fluids, sayong "gotta keep momma hydrated for the little one".<br>
If LO is in your lap, try to get an empty seat next to you. Oh, and I brought my inflatable brestfriend pillow, which works great.
 

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I took a trip when DS was just under 2 (I think around 21 months) and he nursed during take-offs. He was on my lap at the time (strapped to my seatbelt with his own seatbelt) and the flight was *packed*. And of course the long wait before we actually got on the plane wore down any semblance of patience he had, so he was quite whiney and wiggly on the plane. I nursed him and just tried to keep him from accidently pushing the guy next to me (who tried to be oblivious to what was going on) and we were in a window seat so at least I could lean to one side. I must say I was glad I could nurse him since that conked DS out for the rest of the flight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I nursed our 16 month-old on our flights to and from India, and it wasn't a problem. Nursing kept her happy, she rarely cried on those flights, and so if anyone saw her breastfeeding they probably thought they shouldn't comment since it helped her stay very well-behaved! But still, I did try to be discreet about nursing on those flights, and also my dh was sitting next to me... I would have been a little more uncomfortable if I'd been sitting next to a stranger.
 

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I nursed my toddler on several flights without questions or much notice from other passengers. I brought a blanket for her last few flight at 20 and 21 months because she was such an acrobat and I wanted a little privacy. I also like the window seat for nursing to avoid kicking the other passengers and I used my DH as a buffer in the middle seat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I liked having my baby on my lap so I could nurse during takeoff and landing but by the time she was a toddler we started getting her her own seat and she drank water from a sippycup on takeoff and landing and her ears were fine.
 

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I usually turn sideways, so DD's legs can hang forwards instead of into someone else's lap - that is, if I'm seated next to a stranger. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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No problem. If they like gum then that can be helpful too. If they are of the age where they are required to be seated and in a seatbelt then you just turn your body in a way that they can sit beside you and nurse. If you think they might not like that then practice at home making it a game of what will happen on the airplane and how we have to keep our seatbelts on until the pilot turns off the light and so on. A little teaching what to expect goes a long ways.<br><br>
The armrests between seats can be folded up out of the way. I usually request a window seat for my toddler/preschooler and I sit in the center seat.
 

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I'm going to do it tomorrow. I'll report back on my experience. DD is 14 months. I haven't flown with her since she was 9 months.
 

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I fully intended to when we went to Key West this February but ds had other plans. No way was he sitting still for nursing when he could be watching takeoff and landing out the window. He ended up being fine even though he was just getting over a double ear infection
 

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We are going to be flying cross country in July and ds will be a few months shy of 3. I am thinking he is going to be too busy/excited to think of it until he is maybe tired or something. But dh is coming too so we will have the whole row.
 

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I did it with my then 13 month DS. We flew Southwest and had a really positive experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We flew to the Bahamas when ds was 20 mo. He had no interest in nursing during takeoff or landing although I did try on the landing because he was getting cranky - too much to look around at. I had a sippy cup of water and lollipops for him to suck on. I had no reaction from airline staff or passengers when I attempted to nurse him.
 
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