Taking expressed milk out n about

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  1. elvira

    elvira Well-Known Member

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    Just wondered if anyone has experience of taking expressed milk out to bottle feed LO when out n about? I'm not overly keen on breastfeeding in public and, recently, LO has started messing about a lot when trying to latch on resulting in serious boob-flashage and spraying of milk all over the place (niiiiiiice). If I take a bottle of expressed milk out with us, does it have to stay cold til I use it? If so, how do people do this?!
    Thanks all.
     
  2. LoPanda

    LoPanda Mama to 2 expecting #3

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    I could of written this exact question so I look forward to answers too - I too struggle with being at all discreet. My let down is a bit crazy and I usually have to stuff a hand towel down to protect my clothes from the spraying so I can't imagine that would look so great in public!
     
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    pinkpolkadot Well-Known Member

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    I have done this a couple of times, you can get bottle insulating bags to keep them cold :)
     
  4. lau86

    lau86 Well-Known Member

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    Expressed milk can stay out of the fridge for about 6 hours I think. I just take the bottle, put it in the insulated bit of my bag and make sure it's used within that time. As far as I know it doesn't have to stay cold to do this
     
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    oblada18 Well-Known Member

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    As above! Once expressed breast milk remains fresh for at least 6-8 hours (more if kept at low temperature - there is normally guidance on that on beastmilk freezer bags). If it was in the fridge (and therefore not freshly expressed per say) I will try to make sure it is used without 6 hours normally. I also use the insulated bag I got with my changing bag.
    I do not have any huge issue with breastfeeding in public but sometimes it is not practical so a bottle of EDM is ideal!
    x
     
  6. elvira

    elvira Well-Known Member

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    Coolio. thanks all for the replies. LoPanda - I too have to shove a muslin square or something down my folded down bra before I can feed or I'm just soaked! A combo of my little sprog dribbling and my over-enthusiastic let down (which sometimes makes her gag as its so powerful!) I think this is what makes feeding in public more difficult for me as I've got to go through the super exposed 'preparation' stage before I can get her latched on.
     
  7. LoPanda

    LoPanda Mama to 2 expecting #3

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    Thats exactly the problem I have too - I couldn't really have her choking and my milk dribbling and spurting all over until the flow slows in public - its bad enough at home! Glad I am not the only one - there was a woman at baby clinic last week who was so annoyingly discreet I was very jealous! x
     
  8. elvira

    elvira Well-Known Member

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    We went to a photo viewing at a posh photographers the other week and I tried to discreetly feed in the dark but she kept pulling away and then a big jet of milk fired across their expensive leather sofa. I had to pretend I was leaning on my arm and wipe it off with my sleeve. Roll on weaning I say! I too envy all those women who can whip one out and get baby to latch and stay latched no messing, boob's your uncle!
     

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