"I don't want to deal with pumping along with everything else we need to bring on this trip."
Famous last words. Instead I found myself asking where I could feed my daughter, wearing a cover, only to be shown the bathroom multiple times.
I was out of our normal. Normal routine, normal setting, normal serene nursery and boppy pillow..frantic to feed my little one who luck would have it was going through a growth spurt on our first trip.
Future me will time a feeding well enough in advance to have a conversation before my babe is crying. Future me will not give a darn what the fancy restaurant thinks and feed her in the booth.
First time traveling me had to figure out how to be more direct with what I wanted, which left me feeling rude and feeling more like a mama bear instead of Mary Poppins.
"Is there anywhere I could hide and feed my little one?" Is NOT how you get a comfortable setting, that's how you get a tiny stool next to a sink in a very busy restroom. Aside from the "eww factor" it was distracting and uncomfortable. Finally I gave up, stopped apologizing to every single person who came in to tinkle and asked to speak to the manager. I explained that I could feed her in the booth or maybe they had a private room that wasn't being used? Voila! Private room it was.
It was better, but too late. Peanut was past hungry she was now hangry and way tired. As the hubbs and I took turns trying to eat out fancy meal while trying to hide our frustration and embarrassment to our wonderful hosts, then made the heart wrenching 30 minute ride back to the hotel. She bawled, I sobbed... Everything was on overload.
Fortunately that was the worst part of traveling with an infant. She was great on both plane rides, slept well in the hotel crib, smiled and coo'd at everyone she met, and sang the songs of her people (read screeched like a pterodactyl). It was mostly delightful.
I totally understand if you hear "breastfeed" and you picture me whipping out a tata that may feel more locker room than ballroom. But if you realize I'm feeding a baby... Well I hope you've never hosted a diner in a restroom. Nor will I ever again.
I do recommend bringing your own crib sheet (our hotel gave us a pack and play so I had to tuck the extra sheet under, it still fit FAR better than the full sized hotel sheets they sort of wrapped around the mattress.
If you don't baby-wear definitely try it, I love the K'tan wrap it is SO easy to use, just two loops of fabric. No tying, extra fabric, just simple and fantastic.
Also buy some cheap onesies you wouldn't mind tossing if your little has a blow out and have her travel in that. Instead of a cute outfit you'll attempt to save later with multiple washed after the yuck all dried in your zip lock bag.
Other than that, relax. Do what you need to do for your babe and darn anyone who is put off by it.
My travel (and everyday) MUST HAVES:
Delightful Diaper bag