Re: Going tubing for @ 5 hours- Pump suggestions?
I never could hand express either. A hand pump would be your best bet IMO, though it seems a shame to invest in one at this point, with your baby being 18 months. You probably would never need it for anything else. But if you're going to invest in something one way or the other, I'd go with the less expensive option. I had an Avent Isis manual pump that I used the entire time I was pumping for my daughter and it worked great and was very comfortable. It has a soft silicone shield that was actually more comfy than my electric pump, which is why I used it. I believe it was only around $40 at the time, though that was 6 years ago.
Although honestly I think if I were you I might just take the chance and see what happens. Worst case scenario you can't hand express anything and you get super full and uncomfortable by the end of the day and baby gets a full belly when you get home. I don't think one day will hurt your supply at all and unless you've had a lot of problems with plugged ducts in the past, that shouldn't be an issue either. I went on an overnight canoe trip when my daughter was 19 mos and thought I could go the whole time without pumping (I'd stopped pumping at work by then but she nursed all night and frequently on weekends). Bad idea. I was in PAIN by the end of the second day. But I nursed her when I got home (had to pump one side because she got so full) and everything went back to normal after that.
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