Breastfeeding in Greece
Breastfeeding publically isn’t widely adopted in Greece, however there is no law against it and you are unlikely to encounter any problems. You may like to carry a muslin with you to give you and your baby privacy.
Water Quality in Greece
Tap water is generally safe to drink in big cities in mainland Greece, but the quality can vary over the islands. Drinking water is treated differently than in other countries and this change can cause a mild tummy upset so it is always best to use bottled water for babies and when preparing formula. Remember to look for a brand that has a low sodium and mineral content such as Evian. Brands with a picture of a baby on it are also safe for infants to drink.
Sterilising in Greece can be done with steriliser bags, microwave steriliser bags or steriliser tablets (although you will need a container for these). For more on sterilizing abroad, click here.
Shopping for Necessities
Shop times can vary. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, they usually open from 9am to 1pm and from 6pm to 9.30pm. On other days shops are usually only open from 9am to 2pm. So shopping in the morning is a safe bet.
Nappies, formula, baby food, wipes, dummies and other supplies are available in supermarkets, mini-markets and pharmacies, but they’re often expensive. Well known brands are particularly expensive. There may not be much choice either, even in the busier tourist areas. Larger supermarkets will have Aptamil and Hipp Organic. Other brands include novalac, nativa organic, frisolac, almiron, frezylac, S26 Gold. Jars of baby food will be similar to what you might find at home and you will also be able to find cereal, yoghurt, fruit, bread and snacks suitable for babies.
On the Greek islands, formula milk and nappies are not always easy to find in small shops but most islands will have a large supermarket which will stock all you need but it may be far from where you are staying so it is always best to bring everything you need if you will be staying in a more remote location.
Hotel shops do often sell nappies and reusable swim nappies. Check online or ask your travel agent to find out what’s available near your accommodation. You will be able to find fresh cows milk in larger supermarkets however, make sure there is such a supermarket close by and also shop for your milk early to ensure availability.
At larger airports in the UK and Ireland, Boots offers a click and collect service so you can purchase your formula and other essentials in advance and pick them up at the airport, after you pass through security. This includes bottles of premade formula which are handy for the plane journey. When travelling to Greece it is always best to bring the formula that your baby is used to. You may not be able to find your baby’s brand at your destination and if you do, it may be manufactured in another region and may taste different.