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I am going to be out of town this weekend and dd will be staying with dh. I have never been away from her for this long (2 nights) and I have a few pumping questions:<br><br>
When you are on the go without a sterilizer or dishwasher, what is the easiest way to sterilize the breast shields and pump accesories?<br><br>
If I freeze the milkd in bags in the hotel freezer, will it be ok on the plane ride home in an insulated bag?<br><br>
What are your tips on pumping while away?<br><br>
TIA! I really, really appreciate your advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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In a situation like that, I'd probably just pump and dump. I know it sounds awful, wasting that liquid gold like that, but it would be the easiest thing. Unless you really NEED that supply, of course.
 

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Hi There!<br><br>
Well, I don't throw anything away (seriously, I take home salsa from restaurants) so I wouldn't pump and dump, but here's what I'd do:<br><br>
Sterilizing: You don't have to sterilize between every pump - Give a good wash/rinse after each pumping and let them air dry. I would sterilize at least once a day. Medela makes a "Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag" - It's basically a heavy duty ziploc bag. You put your pump parts in, add 2 oz. water, and microwave it for a few minutes. I don't know where this came from - my pump is on long-term "loan" from a cousin, and it was in the pump bag. If you can't find something like this, you could probably use one of those micrwave bottle sterilizers - I've seen them at target, etc. If you can't get either (or if they are too expensive) you could probably engineer one - this really is just a heavy ziploc bag, and it's meant to be used 20 times. Let me know if you can't find something, and I'll pass on the exact directions for this zip-loc bag method.<br><br><br>
I would try to pump about as often as she nurses to keep your supply up.<br><br>
As for traveling with the pumped milk, Yes, freeze it, and freeze extra ice packs or bottles of water to pack with it. You can also pack zip lock bags and ask for ice a tthe airport on both ends to replace ice packs that may have thawed. It won;t go bad during the trip, but it might defrost some. My understanding is that you shouldn't re-freeze breat milk, so when you get back you should use any milk that has thawed within 3 days of defrosting. If it were me....I would giver her the EBM and pump and freeze (B/c I refuse to waste bm) for a date night or whatever, or use this opportunity to go get your hair cut, go on a date w/ your partner, etc. - something you may otherwise have to make pumping arrangements for - and have her caregver give the defrosted milk.<br><br><br>
Don't forget to pack dish soap for cleaning pump parts! Boy, I don't envy your packing job.<br>
Have an awesome trip!
 

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Well, here I am popping over to give advice but Ybecca beat me to it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
When I went away overnight, I actually pumped and dumped - that way I didn't have to worry about sterilizing, either.<br><br>
Oh - no matter how good your pump is (I have a PIS) it doesn't do as good a job as a baby! So really make sure you massage and shake your breasts around before you pump to help avoid plugged ducts. Just don't let anyone see you :LOL
 

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When I was pumping all the time with ds, I only sterilized my pump about once a week, so don't know that you need to worry about that. What kind of pump are you using? I used an Isis, and it was easy to clean thoroughly.<br><br>
As far as the freezing goes, pick up some of the new style blue gel ice packs. I have to tote medicine around everywhere for ds, and on a two hour plane trip, they don't even get liquidy at all. For milk, I would stack your freezer bags between the ice packs, wrap it all up in a dish towel and then stuff it in the bag. I would then be sure to pack the bag in your checked luggage because: it will stay much colder in the hold of the plane, and security people get freaky about not running ebm through the machines.<br><br>
Also, this just might be me, but if it defrosted just a *little* a would probably just toss it pack in the freezer when I got home.
 
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