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I am planning on doing a running race with my best friend in a few weeks, and I have an almost 5 month old who is EBF. He's had a few bottles of EBM but never more than a few ounces because, number one, I don't leave him very much, and number two, the big issue, I SUCK at pumping (no pun intended). I only get a half ounce to maybe an ounce and a half on a very good day in 20 minutes or so. I have a hand pump, Avent, but even with hospital grade I never could get more than an ounce or so.<br><br>
My question is whether or not for this one day I should pump like crazy and store it, or try some organic formula here and there and see if it works? He will need maybe two feedings while I'm gone, about 4 hours or so. WWYD?
 

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Personally I am obssesive and would pump like crazy. If logistically you can do this try pumping on one side while he is nursing. I used to do this with my avent isis on the days I was running low on pumped milk. I usually did it the first feeding in the morning after a longer nap when I was full. Because the babe was nursing the let down with the pump was always <b>tremendously</b> better. It took a little while to get used to the position but it always worked wonders.<br><br>
That being said there is absolutely no problem with a tiny bit of supplementation if it is going to be a terrible hurdle. You could even use both.
 

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I would try to pump 2x a day...maybe before his morning feed and later when you have time and store it until needed, you should have enough to last him....he may not take much while you are out anyway.<br><br>
A little formula won't hurt if you can't get enough, but why buy it if you don't need too.<br><br>
If it is not too much torture you might want to pump once a day anyway just to keep an emergency stash...Just my opinion.
 

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want me to mail you some?<br>
i've got some (pre zoloft variety) stashed in my freezer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
4 hours? I would totally pump what you can and let your dh figure it out otherwise.
 

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oh, should've mentioned...it wont be my dh, it'll be babysitters. Adult, known, trusted babysitters (two of them, even) . And whatever I pump beforehand I'll have to travel with (five hours in the car). make a difference? I do have a storage thingie and ice packs, so not a huge deal I guess.<br><br>
oh and kerc.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know you are the pump queen! thanks for the offer. I'm just annoyed bc it's just long enough to worry about. it's in three weeks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh, should've mentioned...it wont be my dh, it'll be babysitters. Adult, known, trusted babysitters (two of them, even) . And whatever I pump beforehand I'll have to travel with (five hours in the car). make a difference? I do have a storage thingie and ice packs, so not a huge deal I guess.<br><br>
oh and kerc.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know you are the pump queen! thanks for the offer. I'm just annoyed bc it's just long enough to worry about. it's in three weeks.</div>
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I've taken BM on a plane/airport trip for multiple hours and it lasted just fine. Just pack it in a one of those softpack coolers and you should be fine. If it's already frozen there should be no problem.<br><br>
I did the same thing when I had to leave dd(5months at the time) for the first time when I was on a business trip(she came with me). I was so worried about having enough to feed her. I pumped like crazy. Guess what. She ate none of it. Was so fascinated with the new surroundings and new people they couldn't even make her eat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> You'll be fine<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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i'm totally not the pump queen. I just apparently have a big supply this time. With Erin the most I ever pumped was like 2 ounces in one session. So I have a lot of perspective.<br><br>
My answer doesn't change knowing you have to drive/travel.
 

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how does your little guy sleep at night? my advice would be to pump from the other side as he is nursing after his longest sleep stretch - or, if he gives you a 4-6 hour stretch sometime, try pumping in the middle - if it doesn't involve waking up at 2am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> back when ds LIKED to sleep, he would go down at 8 or 9 and then be good until 3 or 4. i would pump at 11:30 right before i went to bed - this helped me build up a huge freezer stash.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would try to pump 2x a day...maybe before his morning feed and later when you have time and store it until needed, you should have enough to last him....he may not take much while you are out anyway.<br><br>
A little formula won't hurt if you can't get enough, but why buy it if you don't need too.<br><br>
If it is not too much torture you might want to pump once a day anyway just to keep an emergency stash...Just my opinion.</div>
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I'm with this only I don't know about too much emergency stash -- DD never liked the frozen stuff. When I was pumping mornings were always milkiest!<br><br>
Good luck Mamabeth!
 

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thanks...I tried pumping while nursing and did get a bit more...like half an ounce versus almost none, so thanks! that was just from one side too.<br><br>
I know I need to just do it but when I get a break the last thing I want to do is pump, KWIM? So I think it will work to pump while nursing.<br><br>
you mamas rock.
 
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