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Road Trip Pumping

August 22, 2011

This weekend I attended a funeral for a 1 yr old. It was the saddest experience of my life. No one should ever have to see a coffin that small. It was so awful I cannot talk about. Instead, I wanted to share my experience of breast pumping in the car.

I haven’t been on a road trip without Carter so I haven’t had to do this before. I drove from NC to GA and back again in one day. It was 4 1/2 hours each way. That meant a lot of well-timed pumping. Especially since I needed to pump every 3 1/2 hours to keep my supply up. That meant also making sure I left at least 3 1/2 hours uninterrupted for the funeral. Breast pumping along with breastfeeding is all about timing.

I drove by myself so I was kind of nervous about where I was going to be pulling over to do this thing. In order to make this work timing-wise, that meant I was going to have to do this 4 times in the car. I did ponder doing this while driving but quickly ruled this out for two reasons. One, if someone saw me they might crash at the interesting site and two, I’d rather crash than spill any of my hard earned milk.

To my relief, the process was easier than I thought. The first place I chose to pull over and pump in my car was behind a gas station in the middle of nowhere. It took a minute to get everything situated and set up. Thank God for Medela’s hands-free bra! Once I got everything set up and threw my cover over (just in case), I started looking around and saw that I wasn’t the first person to use this spot. There were Trojan wrappers and a couple 40s sprinkled about. I’m going to assume they had much more fun than I was having. The next 3 spots I was more picky about. I decided to park behind hotels and that worked out much nicer. There were more cars around, but I parked where I could see them but they couldn’t see me. The whole experience wasn’t as bad as I first assumed. And that battery pack for the Medela Breastpump is pretty strong.

LESSONS LEARNED:  1) Sometimes you have to pump where you can.  2) Hands-free bras are essential!  3) There are no breaks when breastfeeding, it is a full-time job.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 6:15 pm

    Carter is so blessed with a Momma like you! (And any mother who has bf/pumped at all knows the precious value of that milk. Absolutely no way to risk spilling one drop in car!)

  2. August 23, 2011 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much Jenn! I don’t judge if people breastfeed or not, but if you do, I feel like we all deserve an award! It is hard work!

  3. Anna permalink
    September 10, 2011 3:53 am

    I think I need to bookmark all your posts so I can go back & reference them when I’m a mommy! I’m going to need some cheat sheets 😉

    • September 12, 2011 4:23 pm

      Oh you have me as your personal guide! Haha, I’ll probably forget most of this stuff so I’m glad I have it written down!

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