traveling with ebm?

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Registered: 02-11-2004
traveling with ebm?
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Sat, 07-18-2009 - 2:25pm
Any have any good ideas for me? We will be going on a week long vacation. Part of it visiting with family & part camping. The 2nd weekend we will be going to my high school reunion & my parents will watch DDs while I go out with DH 2 nights in a row. I have a little manual pump that I use occasionally & have about 6 bags of EBM in the freezer. I rarely use it because I'm always with DD so it seems pointless to pump more. So-I'm worried about how much milk I'll need for DD (9 months old when we are there) those 2 nights while we're gone & how to get it there with me. Ideally I would just pump once we got to my parents' home-but I will have her with me & she'll need to eat so I don't know how to get ahead. Ugh. So-guess I'm just looking for a way to keep EBM good for a week while we're traveling so we can use it at the end of our trip. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-Laura


DD 1/24/05

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Registered: 07-07-2006
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 3:50pm

Hi ...


I think the other people gave you great info ... I just wanted to add that when I travel and need to take EBM with me, I just pack a small cooler with some dry ice.

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Registered: 02-11-2004
Sun, 07-19-2009 - 10:50am
Thanks! I guess I hadn't thought much about giving her juice or water or other real food while we're gone because she normally just eats lunch with real food. But I guess she is old enough to give all of that a try. Maybe in the next few weeks we'll work on getting her used to eating some dinner with us too. The manual pump does work well for me most of the time so think we'll be ok with that. I was just worried that I'd only get 4 oz or so for her to have each night-but I think she'll be ok with that much. Thanks again!

-Laura


DD 1/24/05

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Sat, 07-18-2009 - 4:04pm

Laura - how long is your trip there? I'd just pack the frozen in ice and put in the freezer as soon as you get there. If it defrosts all the way you need to use it all within 24 hours. If there are still ice crystals you can refreeze it though - and defrost when it is needed.

If she is eating solids and/or will take a bit of juice or water from a sippy or bottle then you could just try to increase her solids for the night with items that are nutritionally dense, give her what BM you can pump, and nurse her when you get back.

Here are some ideas:
http://bfandsupplementing.blogspot.com/2008/07/supplementing-options-supplementing.html

Even if she is nursing there is no reason why you should not pump. She may have to work a little harder to get the milk out but it'll be fattier milk so should be just fine. does she take both sides each time? If no, then pump the side she doesn't take. If she does both sides either pump right after to see what you can get or wait 30-60 minutes and then pump. Use compression while pumping. Personally, I found the manual to be a horrible pump for traveling and got frustrated and anxious with it. You might consider having your mom rent you a nice double electric pump to use at her house once you get there (so you don't have to transport it). You can also try hand expressing, it works well once you get good at it.

Here are two nice video links on how to max pump output via compression and how to hand express:

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html
http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

Good luck!


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