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Old 09-25-2006, 12:12 PM   #1
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I am going back to college tomorrow night. I'll be gone for about four hours, and I'm in a panic. Alex is still EBF, and I'm having to pump to make sure he can eat while I am gone. I need help..... How much should I pump? Am I going to need to pump to relieve pressure while I am at school? I've never left Alex for more than twenty minutes before and I am worried that this could be a disater. I will only be attending classes one night a week, but I am completely unprepared for this. Any words of wisdom or advice from other moms who know more than I do would be greatly appreciated. Sorry this got so long, thanks in advance.

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Old 09-25-2006, 12:20 PM   #2
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To help pump more try pumping while nursing. Hard at first but works awesome

Also I would take 4-6 oz which is a little high but whoever is feeding him will think he needs more than 3 oz and chances are hes going to be fussy!

You may need to pump to releive pressure but I doubt it. 4 hours isn't that long. if need you can just hand express a little. Just make sure whoever is feeding him to not feed him right before you are going to get him so you can nurse him right away.

Has he started solids? Does he take bottles well?
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You can nurse him 15 minutes or so before you leave, but remember to relax. You might be anxious about getting to class/giving him enough milk etc, and that may make baby anxious too. So, don't feed him as you're about to rush out of the door.
Chances are, he might be fine for 4 hours. Maybe dad could drive by your class and you could ask for a 5 minute break to nurse your baby. Depending on convenience.
Remember, he won't starve...
You could pump several 1-2 oz bottles at a time too, especially if he isn't used to a bottle. That way if he flat out refuses a larger bottle, it won't go to waste. Just store the smaller portions for next week.
How old is he? I knew a mum who would ask me to give her 6 month old BM in a regular cup instead of a bottle.

Note...never add freshly pumped BM to an existing bottle, even if it was pumped earlier that day.

Good Luck...Let us know how it goes
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:56 PM   #4
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He's five months old, no he's not on solids yet, he has only had to take a bottle like four times in his life, and so I don't know if he will respond well to a bottle. I'll have to get Chris to try the cup thing, also; someone told me to try feeding him with a medicine syringe..... isn't that kind of mean?
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Sometimes that's the only way they'll take it (the medical syringe). We're using them to dispense medication right now, and it doesn't seem mean to me just difficult, LOL!!
I would say 4 hours you'll be OK w/o pumping, too. My girls surprise me with occasional 5 or 6 hour stretches and although I have SUPER hard breasts, I'm fine, KWIM? I go 4 hours sometimes and that isn't nearly as bad.
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Don't forget to wear breast pads.
You never know.
Leakage may occur
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