Written by Maureen Crissy RN, BSN, IBCLC Clinical Development Coordinator for Ameda, Inc.
Spring is right around the corner, and you may be considering getting out more with your little one. Maybe you are planning a long road trip or having date nights with your significant other or your girlfriends. Either way, we want to share a few Breastmilk pumping and milk storage Tips and Treats to make your pumping on-the-go adventure an easier one. With the pandemic still upon us and as many states begin to open back up, itâ€™s important to remember that the virus is not gone. Being extra diligent about hand-washing, sanitizing, maintaining social-distancing, wearing masks, and taking other special precautions will help secure a safer time.
Adventurous times such as taking a flight, adult gatherings, and running errands without your baby can be exciting and a little tricky. Here are some go-to tips and tricks ideas so you can continue your outing with ease.
Tip 1: Feed your baby before you leave! If you are bringing your baby with you in the car, then you have a few hours until you may need to pump or feed. And we all know a good car ride can be a perfect time for your little one to nap.
Tip 2: Make sure your portable pump is charged and ready to go. It is also a good idea to have extra batteries ready for pumping. For long car trips, if you are pumping and plan on giving a bottle, most breast pumps can run on batteries or you can charge your pump in the car with a USP port, just make sure to bring an extra pumping kits so cleaning parts between each pumping will not be a challenge.
Tip 3: Be comfortable! Consider wearing an outfit for easy pumping or a cover to help you feel more comfortable.
Tip 4: Keep storage solutions readily available. If youâ€™re going on long trips and car rides or staying away for a while, an easy way to pump and store is to use quality milk storage bags. The new Ameda Pump’N Protect milk storage bags are a perfect choice! The bags are easy to use and a perfect solution for storing on the go. Pumping directly in the bag makes it easy and with the double zipper seal with leak proof technology, your milk will stay safe and secure.
Amedaâ€™s Coolâ€˜N Carry Milk Storage Tote helps to safely store your breastmilk while traveling. It is best if the cooler does not contain other items for your trip such a soft drinks or snacks. Opening the cooler less frequently will help maintain a colder temperature for your breastmilk. Once you are back home or arrive to your destination, make sure you transfer your pumped milk to a refrigerator or freezer depending on when you will use it.