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Old 05-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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I am new here and am looking for some support. I am going out of state in about 5 weeks for a family event and my daughter who will be about 17 months at the time will not be able to come with me. We are still breastfeeding and dont plan on stopping before I leave. I will be gone 5 days 4 nights. I am trying to pump as much as I can so that she can have her "boobie milk" from a cup while im gone but pumping is NOT going well I want to leave her with about 20 for each day so a minimum of 100 oz. The problem is when I pump I get maybe 1-2 oz at best! I try to pump on one side while im feeding her on the other and that maybe help a little but not much! I dont know what to do! I have triend mothers milk tea but it upsets my stomach so much I cant drink it, I am not sure whats in it that makes me sick. Anyways I have about 5 week to get at least 100oz and only have 8 so far from the last few days :-( any tips?
Also I will be pumping while im gone, will I have to just dump that milk or can I somehow fly it back with me? Problem is I am not checking a bag because they wanted to charge me $60 lol. Ship it back? IDK....please help

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Keep pumping early mornings are best.


You can take frozen breastmilk on the plane with you in a cooler just have to declare it at security.
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Try fenugreek pills. They can really help.
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I would never leave a child for 5 days if I could help it. Perhaps there's a way to work out child care for her during the day, but still have her with you at night?

That said, pump, pump, pump. Pump at each and every feed. Get up in the middle of the night and pump (especially between 2 and 6am). it will take a few days to really up your supply.
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I would never leave a child for 5 days if I could help it. Perhaps there's a way to work out child care for her during the day, but still have her with you at night?

That said, pump, pump, pump. Pump at each and every feed. Get up in the middle of the night and pump (especially between 2 and 6am). it will take a few days to really up your supply.
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If your baby sleeps through the night, that would be a good time to pump. Your body should increase production in a couple of days. If you have 5 weeks (35 days) to pump, and you get 2oz a day, you will get about 70oz, plus the 8oz you already have. That's not too shabby. I think if you think of it that way, your body will relax and make pumping less stressful. HTH

What kind of pump do you use?
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If your baby sleeps through the night, that would be a good time to pump. Your body should increase production in a couple of days. If you have 5 weeks (35 days) to pump, and you get 2oz a day, you will get about 70oz, plus the 8oz you already have. That's not too shabby. I think if you think of it that way, your body will relax and make pumping less stressful. HTH

What kind of pump do you use?
I have a medela pump in style. Thanks for your advice, I think I do just need to relax. That and the anxiety of leaving her for 5 days is stressful but she will e fine here with daddy and I hope I will be fine without her :-)
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I would never leave a child for 5 days if I could help it. Perhaps there's a way to work out child care for her during the day, but still have her with you at night?

That said, pump, pump, pump. Pump at each and every feed. Get up in the middle of the night and pump (especially between 2 and 6am). it will take a few days to really up your supply.
I of course have already thought of this, I appreciate you taking time to comment but I do not need people making me feel bad about something I am already stressed out about.
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Re: building supply at 16 months

Another method is the first feeding of the morning pump on the side she isn't eating and then an hour later offer her the pumped side and pump the other breast. You should get an entire feeding that way.

Will your DD drink frozen milk? It definitely changes the smell and taste. I'd make sure she will drink it before putting in a lot of work if you haven't given her frozen milk.
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I would look into shipping the milk back home. Someone else here might have experience with how to do so, but if you pump enough times in five days, that's quite a bit of milk. I always think breastmilk is liquid gold. Personally, I'd pay the $60, although that really sounds high. Jeez, talk about a robbery in the skies.

I have a different pump. I was just wondering because mine is a bit temperamental. I have an Ameda Purely Yours.
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