I’m back from Tokyo! I’ve been since Thursday but I decided to take a break from
all most screens and spend time with Fighter. ^^
Will blog about my trip soon! It was sooooo good to be able to get away to my favorite place in the world and just relax without having to worry about Fighter and eat and shop to our hearts’ content. Of course we missed him like crazy and luckily our trip was pretty short. Went home after four days to see him (who thankfully still remembers us wtf).
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that my milk supply dropped like crazy. T__________T
A lot of mommies have been asking me on Dayre about what I did when I was away so I thought I’d answer here. Maybe you guys can learn from my mistakes wtf.
(this post is more for the mommas among us, sorry single ladies!)
At home I normally pump 2-3 times a day only. Once in the morning about 10 am, maybe another time at about 6-7 pm and the last one at midnight. In between if I’m at home I nurse Fighter every other feed and bottle feed the rest. Usually my pumping is enough to yield about 2 full bottles to refrigerate for the day’s demand, and 1.5-2 bottles to freeze for a
rainy dry day.
Truth be told, the plane ride was pretty hellish. I normally don’t mind a seven hour flight – in fact I think seven hours is the perfect length for a plane ride. Anything more is a chore and anything less means you cannot watch movies AND sleep on the plane you must only choose one thing wtf.
But I’m digressing. This plane ride was terrible cos I thought I could take it and packed my pump into my check in luggage. T_________T Of course I couldn’t because instead of my usual 10 am pump, I had pumped at 7 am, giving me three additional hours to last through. Plus I had no Fighter with me so I wasn’t nursing either, obviously.
The minute we got our baggage, I ran for the nearest restroom and pumped. I yielded 10 oz within the first seven minutes WTF.
(in true FML fashion, my bottles were so full by 10 minutes that I spilled it over my cardigan and pants wtf. Only brought one cardigan and one pair of pants so…. totally legit excuse to shop. Not so FML after all la wtf.)
Obviously super engorged and painful la. I worried about blocked ducts but luckily didn’t get any. So the lesson I learned and you guys can benefit by is, pack your pump. Even if you don’t think you need it, pack it anyway and bring it on board with you. Bring a nursing cover and bottles as well. Which brings me to….
Before you go, decide what you plan to do with your expressed breast milk if you’re not planning on weaning yet. You can either pump and dump, or pump and pack to bring home. I’ll die before letting my EBM go to waste so I brought along with me besides my pump and bottles, a supply of milk storage bags, an ice box…
When I went to Singapore, I ended up having to call housekeeping twice a day to come and collect my dirty bottles to wash for me which I felt very pai seh doing. Also I didn’t like that I had to wait for them to come back with the clean stuff before I could pack them and go out. I’d rather do it myself faster and easier. So quite a lot of time was spent in the bathroom washing equipment wtf.
If you’re thinking about sterilization, I didn’t sterilize. It’s not necessary to sterilize every day anyway, I sterilize my equipment once a week so I waited till I went home to do it.
Oh ya I forgot to bring ice packs which are necessary to make sure the milk stays fresh. Bring your own in case the hotel doesn’t have! The Singapore hotel provided reusable big ice packs which were perfect. The Tokyo one only had mini dry ice packs so I took like sixteen.
Storage would be a better word but I wanted to make everything start with P wtf. The minibar fridges in hotel rooms are not cold enough to store EBM properly so after pumping, I’d seal the EBM in storage bags, label them with my name, room number and date and time, and send it down to the hotel for freezing.
Then right before we left for the airport I put all the milk into the ice box with the ice packs. I secured it with tape and checked it in. Cannot hand carry.
Milk storing and transporting methods aside, my supply dropped horrifyingly. I’ve stated how much I used to express/nurse and the yield but overseas and out and about, I found it hard to pump more than twice a day – once in the morning, once at night.
The first day on the plane, my boobs hurt like sai. On the second day, they ached but was bearable. The third day, I found I was going twelve hours with no discomfort.
On the first night, I yielded about 10 oz of milk, and this was 5 hours after I pumped at about 7 pm (7 pm one also yielded 10 oz). Means 20 oz at night in total. By the fourth and last day, I was getting slightly less than 10 oz.
The speed at which it drops is horrifying!!! I wasn’t aware this could happen so fast – in fact I thought that just 4 days wouldn’t really hurt. But it doesssssss.
I’m pumping and direct latching as often as I can now to try to bring my supply back up again. But I spoke to two mommy friends who also took trips away from their babies and both confirmed that their supply reduced dramatically.
Both their supplies never recovered wtf. This is despite taking fenugreek and other tried and tested foods, midnight pumping, etc.
So if you’re a mommy and are planning to go away for a bit, thought you should know wtf. This shouldn’t deter you from going honestly cos you need that little bit of rest and sanity. But if you want to prevent this, you could be more diligent than I was in expressing la. Although that sounds super difficult when you’re on holiday, I understand.
As for me, I guess Imma start scouting for formula soon if my supply doesn’t go back up. It’s a little depressing cos I’ve gotten used to the pumping routine and I like breastfeeding Fighter (cos he always smiles at me when he’s feeding! Also it shuts him up and calms him down wtf). And I will miss the license it gives me to eat everything without fear of gaining weight wtf.
But I gotta do what I gotta do. So what’s a good formula brand?
P/S: Breastfeeding advocates, don’t even go there wtf.