What to do in Austin when you're breastfeeding?
October 2, 2013 8:49 AM Subscribe
There's a conference I'd like to go to in Austin at the beginning of November, but Minipenny is still breast feeding which complicates things. Misterpenny and I talked about making it a short family trip. A couple of days (well, day and a half) on our own and then a day and a half (and at least one evening) of him being on full childcare duties and me at the conference.
I used to have the conference travel down, and enjoyed getting to see a bit of a new city, but it's a whole new ballgame now...we've never traveled with the baby, and have never been to Austin, so I'm having trouble knowing how to go about the planning, or if this is even a good idea.
posted by pennypiper to travel & transportation around Austin, TX (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
More possibly relevant details. It's about a 5 hr flight for us, which I'm oddly (and maybe mistakenly) not worried about. I'd like to still be exclusively, or almost exclusively, breastfeeding at that point since I'm trying to make it to 6 month corrected age (he was 6 weeks premature) and he'll be just about there when we take the trip and it seems like a bad idea to introduce solids at the same time, or right before, a big trip. Oh, and he's generally a very happy and pretty easy baby. He could well be crawling by then.
So my questions:
1. Is this crazy, or potentially fun way to see a bit of the city and get my conference in?
2. What area should we stay in? I'm thinking about ability to breastfeed a couple of times during the day as well as husband and baby having some things to do, places to walk, and green spaces.
The conference is near/on campus at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. But it's booked. The next closest hotels are pretty expensive (with tax $350+ for the one .3 miles away, and $309 for the one .5 miles away). I think 309 would be the most we'd want to spend. Or should we stay farther away, rent a car and have my husband drive over for quick feeds? This seems like a lot more hassle and probably not cheaper, but might be worth it if there's a much better area for him to enjoy or if we need to rent a car anyway.
3. Should we rent a car? What's the deal with babies and public transportation?
4. Recommendations for things to do with an infant in Austin?