how to bring breastmilk out for shopping

Joanna - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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how do you bring breastmilk when going for shopping

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Stina - posted on 12/05/2009

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With my first baby I was very self conscious about public BF so I brought a bottle of expressed milk. I kept it in the diaper bag and when he got hungry, we just brought it out and fed him with the bottle.



At restaurants, I would ask for a cup of hot water so I could warm the milk a little- but after a while, he got used to drinking milk that was room temperature.



Eventually, I got over my insecurity and little by little started nursing him when we were out- I'd go hide in the car, or if there was a sitting area in the ladies room, I'd use that.



Five years later, nursing my 3rd baby, I nurse her wherever/whenever she needs to eat. Depending on the place, I do have a cover to use since in public, I don't like to possibly expose myself to men... but I enjoy not having the bottles to pack around, heat and clean.

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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I want to bring out the 'elephant' in the topic: all us breastfeeding moms are the examples of taking the sex out of the breast when it comes to feeding our kids when we want and where we need to. If we don't stop trying to hide in bathrooms, cars, under jackets, blankets or coverups.... how are we going to set a positive example for the next generation of moms who are going to end up potentially stopping breastfeeding or not even considering it at all due to the continued 'hiding' of a natural and wonderful thing?



Just my two cents :)



I've tossed modesty to the wind LONG ago hahahaha

Lindsay - posted on 12/04/2009

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Here's another vote for nursing in public. Why bother with bottles when it's fresh on tap, 24/7? My kids always nursed in public - my 19-mo-old daughter still does. I'm not going to have my life revolving around "feeding time" or warming up bottles!

Pamela - posted on 12/04/2009

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in your boobs is best there are some with nursing areas I used to just sit on any bench people are lot better with it than you think I had one lady come and kiss my son on the head while I was feeding him hahah

If you are uncomfortable then I suggest you feed him just before you leave and express from the other boob while feeding that way it is fresh you can get the insulated bottle pouches to keep it warm or take it frozen and heat in up

remember though it is against the law for people to ask you to move if you are breast feeding no matter were you are ( well you know as long as its not in the middle for a road of everyone way but hotels, restaurants, cinemas, cafes any seat you can find is fine

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Mylene - posted on 12/06/2009

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I have no qualms as to breastfeed in public and have done it a number of times. however, when daddy is with me, I like to pump a bottle before I go so he gets to feed baby and bond. It gives him a chance to know what I feel when I breastfeed. I am giving my child what she needs to grow and survive. It also gives baby a chance to see somebody new give her her food. I also have no qualms about not covering up, but I am conscious that there is still a whole generation out there that are uncomfortable with the sight of a breastfeeding woman. That is why i try to be polite and do it in a way that is not brazen i.e. leave my boob hanging out for five minutes before latching baby on. I latch my baby and mind my own business while she is eating. That way, anybody uncomfortable with the sight can see that I don't mind and since I am not looking at them being uncomfortable, I don't know that they are, and they can just look the other way with no one the wiser. I am happier looking at my baby feed anyway.

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oh and dont feel like you need to bring a bottle and dont let anyone tell you you cant nurse it illegal in most states

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in my boobs ! i got so good that when my baby was little i could walk around and nurse LOL but the same as reg mixed formula it doesnt have to be warm for them to drink thats more of a personal choice, i would put it from fridge to bottle and in an isulated bottle carrier i assuming your not going to be shopping for longer than 8 hours ... which is how long breast milk can sit a room temp. so in a cooler it will be fine long after the 8 hours

Mattee - posted on 12/06/2009

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Honestly, I have an "udder cover" and I just nurse him when ever he needs it... I'm not shy about it and I don't think anyone shoud have to be :) it's a perfectly natural thing

Kelly - posted on 12/05/2009

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here in grand island nebraska were i live we had a mother that was eating at pizza hut and her baby want to nurse so she started nursing the baby she started getting ugly looks from other customers and the manager came up to her and told her that she had to leave so when the breastfeeding moms that were in wic found out we all took our babies to pizza hut ordered a drink and started nursing our babies we stayed all day and we had other moms come in and sit and feed thier babies well lets just say pizza hut no longer has a problem with you breastfeeding your child while you are there

Kelly - posted on 12/05/2009

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ok breastfed my youngest four children and when we went to the store i would feed them right before i put them in the car seat and if they needed fed while shopping i had this big huge recieving blanket that literally covered me the baby all the way to my mid thigh and all the way to the middle of my back you can go to a fabric store and buy material that recieving blankets are made from and make one yourself all you do is goaround the edge of the material with the sewing machine another thing i did was i used the playtex nursers and would put my milk in a drop in about 8 oz of it and if they fussed for it i went in the bathroom and ran hot water over the bottle and then gave them the bottle breastmilk can last up to 10 hours sitting out at room temp if you warm it up it is only good for 4 hours after heated

Ramona - posted on 12/05/2009

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That's the beauty of breastfeeding. The bottle is always ready. When my baby wants to eat I just feed him. I used to sit in a fitting room. Now I breastfeed wherever there's a seat. Good Luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 12/05/2009

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I agree with the other ladies and just bf in public. Much easier and more convenient then trying to find someway to heat up a bottle ect....But if you are bringing expressed breastmilk with you it can stay good for 24hrs in a cooler with a cold pack, otherwise its about 6-8hrs or so on its own (refering to freshly expressed milk)

Hannah - posted on 12/05/2009

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I bring my breastmilk in my boobs. When my daughter (11 months) gets hungry, we sit down, wherever we may be and nurse (NEVER a bathroom, because they are dirty, do you eat in the bathroom?). I do try to keep covered, but not too hard.

Katherine - posted on 12/05/2009

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We bring it on tap. I don't think there's anywhere we've been that I haven't nursed at once or twice. Nursing my son in his Moby Wrap has been a life saver - I can nursing AND still get the grocery shopping done! :)

Mary - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have a neat nursing cover that has a plastic ring so I can look down on the baby but the cover hides everything. It allows me to feed him anywhere and still be discreet. Most people won't even know you are feeding--they will think baby is sleeping or something. Otherwise, there are packs meant for formula where you put the ice packs in it and it acts like a tiny cooler. You can put expressed milk in there and bring along a bottle. Freshly expressed milk is safe unrefrigerated for hours so that will save you having to warm it up.

Erin - posted on 12/05/2009

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If I'm out and about I sit in my car to nurse because it's quiet and a little more private so my son doesn't get distracted and I don't have to fuss with blankets (although I do keep one handy in case someone starts acting too interested).

Sylvia - posted on 12/05/2009

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Um ... I don't think I understand the question. The milk is always there -- it's a supply-and-demand system :) You just have to remember to wear a shirt you can easily hike up, and a nursing bra.

Tricia - posted on 12/05/2009

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Story time: I was sitting in my living room the other evening. It was dark out, but only maybe 7:00. My son started fussing, so I lifted up my shirt, opened up my nursing bra, picked him up, and latched him on, in that order. My husband goes "Trish, you're sitting in front of the window, and there are a lot of teenaged boys on our street." I replied, 'I'm in my own living room. If anyone's offended, that's their problem!" My hubby replied, "I wasn't thinking of them being offended, I was thinking of them being interested."

I had to laugh. More moms BFing in public makes boobs LESS interesting, not MORE interesting. When BFing is a common sight (as in many other parts of the world), teenaged boys don't even bat an eyelash. Breasts are not forbidden, breastfeeding is not secret, and yet another breast with yet another baby sucking at it is not that interesting to see.

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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I bring my boobs!! lol I just whip it our when my son wants it, I used to cover up, but now he fights it, so I no longer bother with that.

Be proud you're nursing & go for it!

April - posted on 12/04/2009

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take it from someone who is stuck in one place only nursing her son. you should nurse any time, anywhere. if you don't, your baby might develop a preference for just ONE place. and you may never get to do much shopping after that!

Veronica - posted on 12/04/2009

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I agree with lots of others who wrote - KEEP IT IN YOUR BOOBS! If you don't have a convenient and discreet cover, baby's blanket always works. I used to worry about people looking until we were at Six Flags and a man actually tried to peek under my cover! Then I didn't care because the people that look are just curious - or jealous and what will it matter? After a few precious minutes of doing your baby's favorite thing with his favorite person all is behind you and anyone that gave a dirty look or a grin of acceptance is also on their way as well. Just be proud of your boobs and your baby... I like to use my husband as a shield when we are out and I have to feed my little one. Anyone that looks our way for too long gets an evil stare from him and moves on to their business... LOL (My baby likes to suddenly get a wild hand free and fling my cover willy nilly so my breast is way out there and then she hapily unlatches and looks around at the world she's just uncovered! So it's a game of peek-a-nipple!) Anyway... the longer and more often you do it the better you get at it and it becomes easier and a much happier experience. Good luck and don't restrict yourself to the house because you are doing what is natural!

Jill - posted on 12/04/2009

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Really??? You always carry it with you. your breasts! Many malls & stores have a nursing area. I also try to plan outings around feedings. This has to be one of the cutest questions. Anyway, Good Luck!!!

Vicki - posted on 12/04/2009

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LOL This seems like a funny question. You bring breastmilk in your boobs.

My boy, once he hit ohh maybe four months or so, he became harder to nurse in public. I'm one of the ones who will feed him anywhere we happen to be- no hiding. But he, at that point, was quite interested in what was going on around him, even when he was beyond hungry. He was best able to nurse at home.

Now he is 11 months old, and that hasn't changed much! While we are out for a short time, he is fine with his snacks and his water. But if we're out for a bit longer, say running into his nap time, he'll be tired and hungry for the boob. At which point he doesn't care so much about where we are. Sometimes he'll just need a boobie-milk snack too, which is fine. A quick drink will cheer him up immensely some days!!

Susie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I like to feed before but if I need to...I latch on with the help of my maya wrap then cover with a blanket, nursing shield or jacket (which ever I took that day)

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Quoting Coralyn:

i would nurse in public if me and my little one werent so messy. id hate to squirt a stranger on accident LOL


Good to know I'm not the only one!!!  That's part of the reason I'm not a big fan of nursing in public, but my little one and I also really don't like nursing under a blanket, and I don't really relish the prospect of having my boob hanging out in the middle of a restaurant. 



I'll take expressed milk in a bag in an insulated pouch, and run it under warm water when it's time to feed her.



If I really have to nurse her in public, I'll either find a restroom that's relatively clean, or go out to the car.

Lucy - posted on 12/04/2009

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I just breastfeed my daughter wherever, on a bench or in a cafe. i can't be doing with all the faff of sterilising bottles!

Erika - posted on 12/04/2009

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I also schedule my shopping around my daughter's feedings. I haven't had much milk lately to pump. I believe freshly expressed milk is good for 4 hours. I have an cute Amy Coe bag that keeps my milk the right temperature for outings.

Hope this helps.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Jerica - posted on 12/04/2009

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hi... just find a chair or a bench and dont worry what people will think. you are doing best for your baby. you will mostly get smiles or people will ignore you. I have not gotten a bad look yet.

Minnie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I bring it along in my boobs.



I wear my daughter in an ergo, and when she wants to nurse I pull down my top and she latches on.

Sharmaine - posted on 12/04/2009

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i just feed my boy when even he wants it no matter where we are. tho he likes to sank rather that have one big feed.

Cori - posted on 12/04/2009

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i always end up breastfeeding in the dressing rooms of a big department store like macy's or boscovs because they have a lot of rooms and wont get mad if you use one for a little while

Miranda - posted on 12/04/2009

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When we go shopping, I bring a bottle of cold breastmilk I recently pumped along. When my son starts to wake up,I give the bottle to my husband to warm up under his armpit lol or go to the restroom and run it under warm water. By the time the milk is warm, my little guy is awake and ready to eat. I also feed my baby boy as much as I can right before we leave. Hopefully this will continue to work for us because I'm too shy to feed in public!

Coralyn - posted on 12/04/2009

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my mall has a nursing area :) with curtains and cubicals and couches. otherwise. ill pump and store the bottle in my bag.. good for only a few hours. though.i would nurse in public if me and my little one werent so messy. id hate to squirt a stranger on accident LOL

Becky - posted on 12/04/2009

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....breastfeed. :-) it stays nice and warm that way. J/K. I always arrange my shopping around feeds or try to be in a place I can nurse him

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