Traveling with a baby is always a challenge, but it’s even more difficult when they’re a newborn who’s still breastfeeding. That’s why one mom has gone viral on TikTok after sharing her tips and tricks for nursing a baby while in the car during a road trip.
Lexi Maupin is better known as @lexilisciandra on TikTok, where she has 38,000 followers. Her bio says, “Making TikToks while my husband is at work.” The young mom has received almost 100,000 likes on her videos since joining the social media platform. But her best performing video is one in which she shares how she breastfeeds while on the road.advertising
“Tell me you’re breastfeeding without telling me you’re breastfeeding,” Lexi wrote in the video. The video shows Lexi leaning over her daughter’s car seat. While the mother’s chest wasn’t visible in the clip, she had clearly lifted her white t-shirt in order to offer her breast to her baby. She holds onto the front seat for support as she looks out the window.
The video has been viewed over 9.2 million times, and it’s received over 600,000 likes and 12,000 comments. Many viewers praised Lexi’s for the genius hack, and some said they’d even done it themselves.advertising
Been there! Fond memories now. You’re doing great,” one person wrote. “I thought I was the only one!!” another person added.
The car was clearly moving while the video was taken, as viewers can see scenery going by outside the car window. Some comments pointed out that this may be convenient, but it’s not necessarily safe.
That’s so practical! Until you get in an accident and crush your infant because their safety isn’t worth pulling over,” one person wrote. Another added, “
Stop the car and feed or risk going through the windscreen.”
Similarly, one comment read, “
Not telling anyone what to do but would never allow my wife to do this. Don’t trust other drivers and if something happened, would never forgive myself."
Making a stop every time you have to breastfeed can dramatically extend the time of your road trip. So, relying on Lexi’s tip and feeding during the ride may seem like a convenient option. But experts warn against breastfeeding in a moving vehicle since it’s not safe.advertising
Not only is there a risk the car could get into an accident, but even something as small as suddenly breaking can cause injury if one or more people aren’t wearing seatbelts. Parents should never remove either theirs or their child’s seat belt when a car is moving, regardless of if the baby needs to be breastfed or not. Stopping the car is always the safest option.
Parents should be warned that Lexi’s hack may not always be legal. The majority of states require infants and children to be securely strapped in their car seats at all times when the vehicle is moving. Similarly, all adults in the vehicle must also be properly wearing their seat belts. Failure to do so can result in a ticket or even the loss of a driver’s license.advertising
Depending on where you live, breastfeeding in a moving car may also be considered distracted driving, even if you’re not the driver. This may result in a fine, similarly to the type you’d receive while using a cell phone behind the wheel.
We encourage you to research the driving laws in your state to better understand the rules and why they exist.> Share > Tweet > Email
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