portability of frozen BM and outings

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2011
portability of frozen BM and outings
Thu, 12-01-2011 - 4:07pm

Hi Guys,

Just wondering how everyone handles outings when EPing?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 8:31am

In the beginning I took my pump everywhere.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 12-16-2011 - 8:31am
Welcome to the board! When I was pumping early on, I did occasionally go more than 3 hours. If I knew I was going to do it, I would throw in an extra pump right before leaving to try to make up for it--so if I pumped at 6:30am and was leaving the house at 8:30 to go somewhere, for example, I would pump again at 8 even though it hadn't been very long. Then I could stay out 4 hours or so without having to pump. I think as long as you are diligent most of the time and are not prone to clogs, you are fine being flexible here and there. If you tend to get clogs or are struggling with supply, that's a different story.

Fresh milk can sit out for 8-10hrs unless you live somewhere super hot, so you can easily bring fresh milk along. If I was going to be out a long time, I had a munchkin brand bottle cooler. It was nice because I could throw the whole cooler right into the freezer and keep it in there until I needed to use it with no need to fuss with ice packs.

I had a f reestyle pump that ran on a rechargeable battery, so I can't comment on using regular batteries.

I found pumping to be challenging and sometimes really frustrating, but I do feel that I enjoyed my daughter's first year, that we did things (I was in a wedding, we traveled to Florida, etc), and I wouldn't do it differently. As the previous poster said, it gets MUCH easier with every pump you drop. Hang in there, you are doing great!