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Mommy Mondays…Mommy and Baby Go Bye-Bye: Traveling While Breastfeeding

Heading out of town for Easter or Passover and wondering how to navigate the “liquids rule” while breastfeeding?
 
Now, a mother flying without her child will be able to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.

TSA is also modifying the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with, and now without, their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.

Breast milk is in the same category as liquid medications.

When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, they will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives.

When traveling with your infant or toddler, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary, if you perform the following:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
  2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

You are encouraged to travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in your carry-on needed to reach your destination.

You are allowed to bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane.

For information on creams, medicines, or other essential items for your child, please read our guidance on these items. Click here for the list of permitted and prohibited items.

Liquids and gels, including baby formula, breast milk, or juice, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline.

After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.

For more details on navigating the screening process with your children, check out traveling with children.

Article and Photo Coutesy of TSA.org

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Techie Tuesday…Mommy Organization 101: There’s An App for That!

Whether you have an iphone or any other Smartphone, there are tons of apps available to help organize you and your family. Faster that you can say “How can I keep track of everything?” you can download an app that will help you manage family life easier than you ever thought possible. A few popular mommy solutions available from Apple

Track it All

Sleep-deprived moms and dads will be happy to discover Baby Log. Keep track of feedings, naps, baths, and diaper changes. Or create custom categories. Then export the data and get an overall view of the week’s stats. Baby Daily Log Pro lets you keep a log of your baby’s growth and temperature, store photos, record and play back your baby’s first words, and more. Download Total Baby to create personalized diary and milestone entries for your newborn.

Monitor

With Babyphone, you can turn your iPhone into a baby monitor — no matter where your baby falls asleep. Just enter your home phone number or tap in a new number and place it next to your sleeping baby. When iPhone hears your baby wake up, it calls you.

Teach

Help your baby “speak” with a little help from Signing Time ASL Dictionary Flash Cards. Flick through 145 flash cards and learn signs for everything from apple to zebra. Design quizzes to test your progress, and turn on vibrate mode to buzz when you need to guess again.

With apps like ABC Animals, learning has never been more fun. These engaging, interactive flash cards teach young children to recognize, say, and print the alphabet. Tap to hear the letter name, associated animal name, and phonetics. Then download FirstWords: Animals and your little one can push letters into place to form words — and bring colorful birds, lions, and 32 other animals to life. Make story time interactive with Bumblebee Touchbook. Touch the words of this adorable bumblebee story to hear them out loud and watch them animate. Or sit back and enjoy a short 3D movie.

Have Fun

Fun is just around the corner with Kidtivities. Scroll through 40 great activity ideas you can enjoy with kids two to six years old almost anywhere. Search by indoor or outdoor activity or shake to see what random project comes up. If you’re out with your kids in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mom Maps suggests local parks, playgrounds, kid-friendly restaurants, and museums.

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Mommy Mondays…Breastfeeding 911!

Breastfeeding can be enjoyable for both you and your baby, but sometimes — especially in the first few weeks — we can all face some difficulties. So, when you’re up at 3am and don’t know what the heck to do here’s your own personal “Breastfeeding 911″…

For a quick overview of possible problems, let BabyCenter.com’s Breastfeeding Problem Solver be your first stop as you search for answers. Enter up to four major symptoms, and they will let you know what may be the problem. Remember, though, that your doctor or midwife, and your baby’s pediatrician, are the ones to best provide you with the most accurate diagnosis since they can examine your breasts and observe as you nurse your baby. Try and bookmark this free tool here…

Courtesy of Baby Center

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