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I would like to check if any mummy here who is breastfeeding exclusively gone overseas without baby? How do you manage your breastmilk when overseas and how do you make sure that have enuff breastmilk to feed the baby during the period that mummy is oversea?
i travel very frequently for work without my baby.
For such trips, i normally would bring 2 freezer bags (fridge to go is what im using) a container to sterilize my pump/bottles and. I would pump as per normal and freeze in the hotel's freezer facilities. On the day before i depart, i would get the hotel to arrange for dry ice and pack all the frozen milk and lug it back to Singapore. If you estimate the duration and the amount of dry ice well, you will still have frozen milk by the time you unpack.
For some trips whereby im busy and lazy, i just pump and throw.
Before i started traveling i started introducing the bottle to get her used to it (plus the fact that she needs to be bottle fed when im away at work) and started storing EBM so that it can last her for the period im traveling.
hope this helps
thanks fr sharing, I now hav better idea of how to handle n can carry on with my trip .
Just Few things to ask on how you do...
If away for 4d3n and baby takes about 10-12 feeds per day meaning need to get atleast 48packs of ebm ready before I leave rite?
(currently I have yet to introduce bottle to him, plan to do it maybe next two weeks)
i will return to work on 1st dec.just started to pump for stash one week ago, only have 5 bags ebm so far.
baby is 3 month exactly now. He still nurse very frequent, sometime more than 12times per day so I not very sure how many bags of ebm he needs by that time.
When I need to b away, he will be 4 month+.
How you sterilise bottle n pump when away? By tablets? Once a day?
This will b my first time going away without baby so kinda lost. Thank you so much for your reply.
Actually you should start to intro bottle to your baby as early as possible:
* baby have time to use to bottle feed
* you can know how much milk your baby take
* you can store up extra milk in freezer
My gal around 14weeks(3mts ++), she took 150ml per feed (EBM) every 4 hours, I passed to nanny 450ml for her day feed and I will feed her before sleep, also one time at 5am before pass to nanny. So if I'm traveling, will get ready 5packs of 150ml per day. (Trying to increase her feed to 160ml now).. I also intro her fm once a week, so that she can take fm if my supply drop...
dont feel pressure for storing EBM, try to pump now regularly, if you got enough milk for your baby, sure you can store up enough milk when you start to pump..
Do you have an estimated amount he's drinking?
I would recommend introducing the bottle ASAP to get an indication of how much he drinks so that you can stash away enough. You should not wait to introduce for a few things.
#1: Bottle rejection. The earlier you give, the more time you have to deal with the bottle rejection and 'coax' him from drinking from a bottle.
#2: Give yourself an estimate on how much he drinks so that you can prepare to stash away for him.
When i'm away i use sterilizing tablets when i'm in the hotel or medela's sterilization wipes if i'm on the go.
Thanks to adelynn n lovely0315. Since both of you also recomended to intro bottle to him earlier., we shall start tomorrow with one 90ml ebm.
my current 5bags of milk were in 100 and 120ml. Seems not so enough for a 3 mnth boys.. But can he take lesser milk each time but in more frequency?
My current output need to accumulate about 2 to 3 pumps then can get 120ml.
Infact I do not like pumping, hope to pump no more than 3 times a day... :s
will go get sterilizing tablets n wipe before my trip
hmm, my gal 3mths ++oredy took 150 or 160ml, i think your boy should need more than that gua... normally boy take more than girl right...
I think you need to pump regularly to boost up your supply o(if you really with to bf your boy).. i pump more than 6 times per day (even after start working).. if you use good pump, then only need 15min for both side per pump, then you wont feel tiring..
Wow pumping more than 6 times plus latching? How much you could get for each pump session? Hmm I think I really should work harder then... Just asking, do you sterilize pumps for each use? Or sterilize once a day?
Can I know roughly the time you pump each day? Currently I pump once in the morning n afternoon between feed. As baby latch on almost 2 hourly so I can't really squeeze in more pump session
er... weekdays-- before go to work, after reach office(reached office half hr earlier), after lunch, after back to home, before sleep... weekend will pump more frequent..
hmm.. then will bit hard if you latch on every 2 hour o... mayb your baby bottle feed your baby more milk, then can drag your baby feed time longer...
- Pump after her feeds. She would usually latch on 1 breast, so i would pump to empty both (i'm using a double pump)
- my girl sleeps through the night after her 930PM last feed, i would still wake up 4 hourly to pump (130AM & 530AM).
After i returned to work, this has become my schedule:
Pump @ 6AM
Pump at 11AM (+/- 30 mins)
Pump @ 4PM (+/- 30 mins)
Latch on at 9PM
Pump @ 12AM
If i'm overseas, i try to keep a minimum of 4 pumps at 6 hourly interval, though i am for no more than 5 hours interval.
For sterilization, if you use tablets, you can re-use the container of water.
So in the office i would pump wash sterilize, and then afternoon pump, wash and then throw back into the container until before i go home.
If i'm overseas and is in the hotel, i would change the water/new tablet every 12 hours.
I would like to share my experience here. I started my business trip when I was total breastfeeding my son. My supply drop significantly during the trip and back from that trip. This was due to 1)long travel journey and pumping during the journey became a pressure for me to handle expecially when there was a male colleauge travel along. 2) I used to electric pump, I found this was a challenge to handle a battery operate pump during the trip. 2) Some of the overseas office might not have a private room. 3) Lack of personnel time due to time spent in dinner entertainment. If there was an option given then, I would delay my trip.
just to share, We gave dear son a bottle of ebm justnow. What I can say is, It is so troublesome!! It take so long From thaw till warm. I thaw under running water, then warm with glass of warm water, need to keep on changing the water as it gets cold so fast. Next time need to thaw earlier to save sometime.
Dear son keep crying while waiting..till can't distract him aymore I hav no choice but to latch him first, he then took 80ml of ebm.
He has no problem with bottle, but we have problem with the process. If possible i prefer direct which saves us so much works n baby no need to wait.
Hope we can handle bottle feed better as days goes by~
Anyway bck to the travel topic, I also worry supply would drop due because of the trip. So i need to endeavour a good pump session 3hourly n latch baby immediately when I m back. One more month to go before I leave dear son. Hope evrything goes smoothly
it takes time for the caregiver in your absence to get used to this routine as well, so you might want to guide the caregiver ahead of time so that he/she can estimate the amount of time taken.
if you keep a mind on keeping to the pump schedules you have in mind and can plan ahead of your schedule (not easy though) you should be able to fit the pump schedules comfortably.
hmm, how long will you go for your trip ? cox books said, if long time no latch on, baby will lost the knowledge of latch on o...
to b exact, I will not see him for 3 days 3 nights. Like what adelynn said I will plan ahead before I go and hope he still wants to latch when I am back cos I always feel latch on provide comfort to baby that can't get from bottle.
btw your avent warmer take how long to warm? I bought pegeon warmer that took us 17mins which is too long -..-" if avent faster maybe I should get one..
Finally I saw reply in this topic that I have created..
At 1st i thought no mummies has such experience to share.
anyway i have postpone the trip to next year and might be bringing my boy with me..
Like some of you say.. direct latching is so much better.. I have tried to bottle feed my boy during his 1st month due to his juandice.. It is really very tiring and troublesome to bottle feed.. so I got the pigeon warmer.. and stated at 40 degree which is best to warm breast milk require 20mins.. moreover my boy feeding hours not constant.. sometime 1.5 hours, sometime 2 hours that he start to ask for milk. I might be getting the avent one to put at nanny's place when i go back to work end of dec..so that nanny will not feel fussy using the pigeon one.
From the replies, i have learn how I should prepare the breast milk before going back to work end of next month..
thanks Mummies.. !
Last edited by Mummyeve; 08-11-2010 at 07:27 PM.
yaya replies from other mummies really helpz. Very thankful.
Too bad I miss the Philip carnival sales on 30oct else can get the avent warmer at cheaper price.
Our situation quite same, baby nursing hour not very constant sometime 1.5 hr sometime 2 hours sometime can drag to 3 hours. So can't really pre-warm in advance.
dear son is 3 month now still nurse avergre 2 hourly make me wonder he gets not so full from the breast thus needs to b fed constantly. I tried offer him both breast everytime. Sometimes he will take both side but still will ask for milk 2 hr later.
I think is the norm for every 2 hourly.. some of my friends' baby also feed like 2 hourly basis. mine now can strech to 3-4 hours in the afternoon feeding. Maybe he drink more during morning thats why can strech longer.
There is a parenthood fair coming end of the month.. maybe can check out if there is any good offer from avent? However, do you know if avent warmer fit any kind of milk bottles as i am using NUK bottles.
As for freezing of ebm, a friend recommended me to sensible line milk tray.. this is better than milk bag as it eliminate ebm wastage.
you can view from this link for the milk trays.
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