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#1 CookiesandCream

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

How does it work?

I'm considering going to a festival with DH in Feb so DS2 will be a few days shy of 5 months. He is exclusively breast fed. At the moment he feeds 2.5 to 3 hourly from 7ish in the morning till 5ish in the evening. He will then have a feed at 8:30pm and 5:30am, though of course these times could change as he grows older. He hasn't had many bottles of expressed milk so I don't even know if he will take one.

If I want to the festival I would be gone from around 11ish (12pm at the latest) and back around 11pm at night.

I know I can express milk and leave with my mum who would be babysitting (I'm confident he would take it as he has a dummy and has taken the very occasional bottle).

I think I'm mostly concerned about supply....I won't be able to express (it's a music festival), so I will be going approx 12hours without feeding (so far I can handle about 9 hours overnight before I feel engorged).

Will my supply go down due to not feeding for that one day?

I have so far made my first two breastfeeding goals with DS2 (6 weeks and 12 weeks) and my next goal is 6 months, I really don't want to do anything that will hurt my supply.

If worse comes to worse and I can have a look at the timetable when it comes out and meet DH there, ususally the bands I want to see are on later in day / early evening so he could go all day and I could meet him there later and come home with him.
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#2 Jane Doe

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

I know its a touch extreme but could you somehow take a cheap manual pump and do a quick pump and dump (including the pump) in the first aid tent or somewhere private?

I wouldn't think it would be too big of a test on your supply, id personally be more worried bub would refuse the breast afterwards, but Im a bit paranoid about that!

Call the ABA. They'll give you some more accurate info Im sure!!

I hope you can figure something out and go and have a ball!!
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:42 AM

I had occasions where I didn't feed DD for more than 12 hours and it didn't effect my supply at all. I was very full by the time she had a feed but everything was as normal the next day.

The only problem might be if you are expressing a lot in the days leading up to the festival, your supply might increase so on the day you'll be making extra milk so you might get engorged sooner!
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

I'd express in advance - small amounts at a time so you don't boost your supply too much.

Practice hand expressing. I went back to work when my babies were a couple of months old and I couldn't express with a pump at work (space and time constraints) so I hand expressed for comfort and dumped it.

I was full by the end of the day but ok.

Wear a stretchy bra to allow for the extra engorgement! And don't forget breast pads!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

Thanks girls

When is the best time to express? At night?

I tried expressing this morning (about an hour before he was due for a feed) as I was going to give him an expressed bottle on Christmas eve & Christmas day (we will be out from morning to evening both days so I thought I would do a mix of bottle and breastfeeding depending where we are and who's around) I only get 60-70mls from both sides.

Anyways he had his feed after I expressed and he was so fussy pulling on and off and generally not seeming like he was getting enough, I ended up giving him the 70mls I expressed and he guzzled and settled straight down....so sorta made expressing a pointless exercise.

On the upside I know he will still take a bottle.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

You should express after a feed. Don't worry about how much you get, it will build up over time. I spent a full day out when my DD was 4 months old and I was very full by the afternoon and had to express (think I easily got 200mls). Then when she was 6 months I went to my work Christmas party and didn't express or use breast pads and I leaked on the bus on the way home!!!

When she was 9 months I returned to work and expressed once a day. At first I didn't get much at all (even though I was experienced at expressing) but once I became more relaxed I was able to get more and more and would even feel a let down right before I was due to express. The body is amazing!

I would just start expressing a little each day (doesn't have to be in the morning but they say that time is best) and freeze it. Don't worry about it increasing your supply - it will adjust back very quickly. On the day that you are going to be out though I really think you will need to express for comfort. Either take your pump with you or if that isn't possible you might just need to hand express in the bathroom. Even though you can go 9 hours overnight your body is used to feeding quite regularly during the day.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

I try to express during Ivy's morning feed but I only ever get around 40ml total, so your doing great to get 70ml.

Don't bother with special storage bags either, just grab some snack sized ziplock bags and put your milk straight in those. I put it in the fridge for an hour or so, then into the freezer.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

I agree with the others - after 12 hours you'll be very full and probably a bit leaky (breastpads will be essential) but you should be right to hold off expressing. When you get home you'll want to get on to your pump a.s.a.p!! If you are very engorged, a quick hand expressing session should tide you over until you get home to baby / pump.

I agree that gettiong 60 - 70ml from each breast is a good effort. If you do that for ten days you'll have well over a litre of frozen milk. Try to think of the bigger picture and not worry about the fact that it comes into your stash in dribs and drabs, makes no difference to bubs.

My son always conks out after a bottle of EBM, he gets a lot of milk very quickly which does the trick. My hubby loves it as it makes 'babysitting' very easy wink.gif




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