'Holy crap where are you taking me mom'. After being secured in the Moby
Okay here is where I had to do some calculations. So I knew I wanted Jack to nurse during take-off so his ears would pop as we moved up. That meant that when I nursed him after security I had to not fill him up completely. But you also want him to not be pissed. It is a slippery slope. You'll figure it out though. I waited until the plane pulled back from the gate and then whipped out my boob and fed him some more. At least one of our flights this involved waking Jack up.....one of the flights I didn't really get him awake and he was fine. He didn't cry at all without being fed during take-off, but I still think if you can do it, it is good for their ears.
The best seat to sit in while exposing your boob is definitely the window. You can kind of turn towards the window to hide. But if you like showing off your boob then sit where you want!
Once you make it through take off, you're golden. Jack nursed (most of the time) and then fell asleep. He did stay awake through some of the flights, but he was just quietly content. Now that he is getting older I am curious to see if he will need more distractions while flying: toys, etc. I hear once they get to a certain age the want to move around and grab everything....hopefully we're not quite there yet. But we have another flight in November. So I have a feeling i will have more to tell at that point.
So yeah. That is how I travel. It isn't too bad. Again the biggest thing is just to RELAX. Stay calm. Don't rush yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, through security, etc. If your baby cries it is hard to not stress out about that. Just apologize to the person next to you and do your best to quiet them down. The good news? even if they scream the whole flight you probably won't see 80-90% of those people ever again.
Sleeping on Great-grandma (yes Crazy Grandma for those who wondered).