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advice-working in the field and pumping!

post #1 of 4
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Hi all....my second baby starts day care tomorrow, she is five months old. She will be there two days a week. I am free lance and work from home, but at least once a week I may be out having meetings, far from daycare. I need to figure out how to get those three bottles for her, and pumping w/ her , a toddler and a business needs to happen somehow. I have some organic formula as a back up and a few extras in the freezer.

I don't want to supplement but she is approaching six months and we are talking one to two bottles a week, max. I nurse exclusively other days, no solids yet.

I cannot figure out how else to do this? In my car in broad daylight? anyone else been in my shoes?

Would love some support or relief of my guilt! Thanks!
post #2 of 4
I pumped on occasion in my car.

I also would ask people at meetings/events if there was a place I could pump in private. I used professor's offices, locker rooms, conference rooms, principal's offices, nurses exam rooms, vacant hotel rooms (while presenting at a conference), etc.

if you inform the people who are hosting the meeting that you will need a secluded, clean place with electricity, they are usually happy to oblige.
post #3 of 4
I've had to run all over the place while pumping several times.

First, I always ask if there's a place, office, or somewhere I can pump. It never hurts to ask, and a lot of times, someone can fix you up with something, especially if you are able to ask before hand.

When I don't really like what's offered (Like the couple of times someone suggested I use the bathroom, for example, which I find yicky) I will go out and pump in my car (w/ the A/c on) w/ a battery pack or w/ the adapter. If you really don't want other people to be able to see you much, you can use one of those wind-shield sun-shade things, and that really lowers visibility. Also it keeps your car cooler, so, double bonus!

If you need to build up a stash, the best time is early in the morning before everyone wakes up.

I found that some days, it was actually quicker/easier to use a hand-pump on one boob for an ounce or three than it was to get out the whole set-up and clean it all up after. So that may be something you might think about. I used both the Lansinoh hand pump, and the Avent Isis hand pump. Both have that funny silicone "massage-y" thing that supposedly can help you let down faster/easier. I do like it. The Avent comes with a set that makes it really easy to transport and keep from getting messy even after you pump, but only fits the non-standard bottle sizes.
post #4 of 4
Ok..first when I read your title I really thought you were actually working a FIELD (like cotton or corn) because we farm and I was going to suggest hiding in a tractor or bringing along an attachment to plug into a truck or something.. Oops!

I would pump in the car or find a very nice place around town (local library or doctor's office maybe?) who would let you pump there. I once pumped at a local children's museum. Just a thought..
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