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    Kaitlyn's school has a field trip to SW in a month and my sister has offered to babysit the baby while I take K. He will be 14 weeks old. SW is about 20 mins from my sister's house and I can nurse him right before we leave and when we get back... so he and I will be apart from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Five hours.

    I know he will need a bottle from her during that time so do I need to pump while I am at SW? If so, should I just bring my manual pump and put the milk in a cooler? He has gone 5-7 hours w/out nursing (overnight) before and I don't get super engorged anymore so I'm not worried about my comfort, but I don't want to hurt supply. Would one trip away from him for 5-6 hours w/out pumping hurt it?
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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    you might be surprised that during the DAY going 5-7 hours might cause you to get engorged. Your body regulated to going thru the night but not the day yet. I would take a pump just to be sure!

    Any way you can take baby with you this way you just have to nurse him? I would think nursing would be easier then lugging a pump around the whole time

    good luck!
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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    could your sis go to sea world?
    How old will he be at that time?

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    Yes you'd need to pump. Your body is used to nursing all day. Take the pump and either save the milk or dump it.
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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    with the PPs. Going 5 hours during the day without nursing means needing to pump, or you're likely to end up with decreased supply or become engorged. You'd want to pump about as often as your LO nurses. If I had to choose between taking the baby in a sling and nursing on the go, or hauling around a pump and a cooler... I'd definitely choose taking the baby! I just think it would be infinitely easier. I mean, let's say you're at SW with no baby and it's time to pump or you can feel yourself getting uncomfortable. But where do you pump? And who's going to watch Kaitlyn while you do it? And assuming you do find a clean, private place to pump, and someone to watch K, it takes 10-20 minutes to pump and meanwhile the field trip is proceeding without you. You have to go find them again when you're done. Whereas if you have the baby in a sling, you discreetly latch the baby on, and 10 minutes later you're done and he's either napping in the sling or looking around him, all perky and interested.
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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    Normally I would take him, but I really appreciated the offer from my sister to watch him and Kaitlyn could use some mommy time. I'll bring the pump to help out partway through. It's technically a field trip but everyone goes at their own pace so I'm not worried about catching up, and TBH since this is with Kaitlyn's preschool I would probably go to nurse in one of the rooms instead of NIP anyway. I am far more comfortable NIP around strangers than people I know!

    I'll figure it out. Good to know I need to pump though. I'm glad I get good results with my little Harmony.
    Karen

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    Jackson Thomas 1/16/11 - 9 lbs., 3 oz.


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    do they have lockers you could lock the pump in so you didn't have to carry it aournd the whole day?

    IF I went that long with out nursing I would be missrable!

    Do you get plugged ducts? I would make sure you could rest alot the next day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andrea.wolford View Post
    do they have lockers you could lock the pump in so you didn't have to carry it aournd the whole day?

    IF I went that long with out nursing I would be missrable!

    Do you get plugged ducts? I would make sure you could rest alot the next day...
    They do have lockers. My diaper bag is so big though and the manual pump is small... and I was already planning on bringing a cooler for snacks. I never had a plugged duct with Kaitlyn and I haven't had one yet with Jackson but knock on wood.

    OK so now I am second-guessing my decision to go without him but I really think it would be special for Kaitlyn.
    Karen

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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    My daughter is about the same age as your son - definite yes on having to pump.

    I feel you on wanting to give your older child some "mommy" time - I think I'm going to have to do that w/ S soon, he's getting kind of cranky.

    If you didn't want to keep the milk, you could just pump and dump; if the hand pump is small enough, could you just put it in your purse?
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    Default Re: Pumping at Sea World

    go and have a grand time with her...

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