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    Default Long Trip - Really need advice

    We are going on a couple of very long (16 hours) car trips in a couple weeks with our son, who will be 7 weeks. He HATES his car seat, so I anticipate needing to spend a lot of time feeding him pumped milk during the trip so that we don't have to stop every two hours (though we probably still will have to to change him).

    I am sooo afraid of this trip being super stressful. Has anyone ever done anything like this? I have a fair bit of frozen milk, and have been advised to pump in the car on the trip, which makes sense since I have no idea how I would heat up the milk otherwise.

    Has anyone done a long trip like this with such a young baby? I can't exaggerate how much I don't want to do this. Any and all advice (other than don't go or fly - neither are options) will be VERY welcome.

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    You know what I wish I had figured out sooner? Nursing in the carseat. It really saved me. We went on a lot of long trips to see family and Nora hated the carseat. It was horrible, we were either stopping every few minutes or having to listen to her cry because no matter how often or long we stopped she'd immediately start screaming again the second she was in the seat.

    Once I figured out how to sit next to her with my seatbelt on and lean over her seat to nurse her it got so much easier. She would quiet down and even fall asleep. We used a pacifier in the car as well, it sometimes had the same effect, but not usually and not for long trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    You know what I wish I had figured out sooner? Nursing in the carseat. It really saved me. We went on a lot of long trips to see family and Nora hated the carseat. It was horrible, we were either stopping every few minutes or having to listen to her cry because no matter how often or long we stopped she'd immediately start screaming again the second she was in the seat.

    Once I figured out how to sit next to her with my seatbelt on and lean over her seat to nurse her it got so much easier. She would quiet down and even fall asleep. We used a pacifier in the car as well, it sometimes had the same effect, but not usually and not for long trips.
    Did this on a 16 hour car trip where we only had to stop twice for gas.
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    We just took our first trip and it was only 6 hours (8 with baby), so I can only imagine how much anxiety a long trip would be! Hopefully with baby still so young, he will be tired enough to sleep a lot.

    Have you looked into one of these for your frozen milk? car bottle warmerMaybe would cut down on the pressure to pump enough before every time he needs to eat in the car, even though you would still pump to keep supply up.

    Nursing in the carseat sounds great, but I was unable to get it to work, so don't feel bad if you can't either!
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    Default Re: Long Trip - Really need advice

    Can you break it up into 2 days and find a cheapo motel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    You know what I wish I had figured out sooner? Nursing in the carseat. It really saved me. We went on a lot of long trips to see family and Nora hated the carseat. It was horrible, we were either stopping every few minutes or having to listen to her cry because no matter how often or long we stopped she'd immediately start screaming again the second she was in the seat.

    Once I figured out how to sit next to her with my seatbelt on and lean over her seat to nurse her it got so much easier. She would quiet down and even fall asleep. We used a pacifier in the car as well, it sometimes had the same effect, but not usually and not for long trips.
    This is what I used to do with DS, even on short trips. I can't imagine what cars driving next to us thought about my body contortions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*desertmama View Post
    This is what I used to do with DS, even on short trips. I can't imagine what cars driving next to us thought about my body contortions!
    I did this too. We tented the windows before our next trip. I also brought milk and had a car bottle warmer to heat pumped milk too. I also got a car adapted for mt pump (Medela PISA) and that helped b/c I could pump as I needed too.
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