Oh the Places, You’ll Pump
Posted By: Emily Elling
Emily Elling lives downtown Indianapolis with her husband of 10 years and her four unintentionally hilarious children, Piper, 7, Nola, 5, Gage, 2, and baby Paul, born January 2012.
I'lll be the first to admit that while I love breastfeeding Paul, I don’t love breastfeeding him in public. I’m not ashamed of breastfeeding, I’m just very modest and perpetually worried that I’m going to flash or offend a stranger.
If I know I won't be breastfeeding Paul at home, I will make sure to leave the house properly dressed and with all the supplies needed to make it as easy as possible. I will typically wear a Bravado tank, and layer it with a flowing shirt. I will also make sure to have a muslin swaddling blanket to drape over myself while he nurses. As long as I’m dressed appropriately and have a lightweight swaddling blanket, I’m good to go and feel confident to feed Paul wherever we may roam.
But this past weekend, instead of breastfeeding Paul in public, I found myself pumping in unlikely places and situations.
You see, I left Paul for a few days while my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We left all four of our children with my parents, and enjoyed a few quiet kid free days.
I found out that leaving a 100% breastfed baby takes a bit of planning and organization. I pumped for days and weeks in advance, just to make sure I would have enough milk to last him the weekend. When I packed Paul for the trip, I included 15 bags of expressed breast milk (which he drank a whopping 14 of them), and a couple of bottles I knew he liked.
And of course, I took my breast pump with me everywhere I went, throughout the weekend away.
Wanting to keep my milk supply up, I pumped every three hours, regardless of where we were. In just 48 hours away from Paul, I pumped in some interesting places.
1. Going down the highway.
2. On the shores of Lake Michigan.
3. At a beautiful vineyard picnic area.
4. On the side of the road, while my husband changed a flat tire.
Fortunately, I was able to bag up and freeze all my expressed milk, enough to replenish my depleted supply from the weekend.
If I learned anything these past few days, it’s that even as a nursing mother, I can leave my baby for a few days with family. Of course having Paul close to me is always is preferred, but it’s good to know that sometime I can get away if I want to.
How about you? Have you ever breastfeed anywhere interesting or unique?9:00am on Thursday June 28