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    Default Pumping and storage while traveling

    Hi. I'm new here, and I hope I'm posting on the right place. I have a 9 month old daughter who has been exclusively nursed or been given breast milk from the bottle (never formula). I am going on a vacation with my husband next month. We will be gone 10 days. The baby will be with grandma. I have enough expressed milk stored for her to use the 10 days, but I'm worried about what will happen while I am gone. I have a really good electric pump that I will use, but will my supply diminish? Can I store the milk at the hotel? What if there is no freezer? How do I get it back on the flight home? If I am at the wrong forum, I apologize, and would appreciate direction on where to go. Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Pumping and storage while traveling

    You will need to pump a lot At least 6-8 times in 24 hours for a total of 120 minutes. If baby is still night nursing, no sleeping all night! Roll out of bed and pump at least once between midnight and 5 am. Pump with a double electric.

    So....going out of town isn't a vacation. It's actually hard work to maintain your milk supply for several days. And it may put a crimp in your sightseeing or whatever, as you will need to stop to pump every 3-4 hours around the clock.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: Pumping and storage while traveling

    I agree with pp. What I have done when traveling on business is to overnight my milk home in a foam cooler with dry ice, but 10 days is a really long time to be away from a 9 month old especially a nursing one...hard on mom and on baby. Good luck.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
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