Im a new mother to a little 7 week old boy I just have a few questions about traveling in a car with him. Im going to be traveling about 8 hrs away from home and would like some advise on how to continue to breastfeed/bottles with BM him during the car ride and while away from home. So my questions are:
- How should I plan to feed him during the car ride? My parents are driving and my partner and I will be sitting in the back with our DS. I just dont feel comfortable trying to lean over the carseat and BF that way. I was thinking about bringing some BM in a bottle and give it to him if needed? We plan on stopping every 3 hours or so to BF but just incase we need to go longer than that I would like another option.
- While on vacation, Im not sure how often I can stop to BF him so I was thinking about pumping and giving him a bottle when needed? An example of our day during vacation would be: Out of the house around 8 or 9am and be in a very public/populated area for the rest of the day until 8pm. Im just not that comfortable yet with BF in public so when I can I will probably sneak off to a room or the car to BF. However, there will be maybe a couple days where I will need to use bottled BM during the whole day. In that case I plan on BF right before leaving the house, so that would leave us about 8 hours where I will need to bottle feed him. Im just not 100% about how to go along with pumping and keeping my supply up? How many times min. would I have to sneak off to pump during that 8-10hr day? Right now he is feeding every 3 hours 6am-12am and 4-5hrs stretches at night.
- I have a pretty good freezer stash of FBM and was wondering if i can travel with them for 8-10 hrs in the car? Can the be refrozen if they are slightly thawed?
Sorry this is so last minute and scatter brained! Thank you in advance!