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Adam Lippman
(NY700) - F
Need cold storage Help on 04/02/2012 09:51:12 MDT Print View

Ok folks got kind of an off the wall issue. My wife wants to join us on a 3-4 day back packing trip. However she is still breast feeding our newborn who will be about 6mo old at the time of the trip. Pumping wont be an issue but storage of the milk for 4 days is where we are having an issue. We know she could just dispose of the milk while out on the trail but we would really not like to do that as it is such an important resource for the child.
Im thinking dry ice maybe the answer but wondering one will it keep cold enough, and too how much would be needed for 4 days and is it then just not realistic to pack that type of weight. I do have a few larger packs that we can use and a group of 4 people going that we can ditribute the weight of the other items between. and if so any ideas on cooler layout and contruction to make it work.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Need cold storage Help on 04/02/2012 10:10:08 MDT Print View

I don't think it's realistic to try to save, personally. And,.....uh.......there's more where that's coming from. Seems silly, but that's how it is.

Dry ice would work if you were putting it frozen in a cooler, and leaving it shut for 4 days. Is it really worth the risk to your child that you might bring back something tainted? That would be the bottom line to me.

Edited by skinewmexico on 04/02/2012 10:13:50 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Need cold storage Help on 04/02/2012 12:01:51 MDT Print View

It does seem odd that you would have to pump and store the milk for 4 days when her body can make milk on demand. But if you can reduce the amount of time for storage, you could try storing the milk buried within your sleeping bag. It worked for me for storing some pemmican bars.

Adam Lippman
(NY700) - F
volume on 04/02/2012 12:50:34 MDT Print View

He major concern is simply supply issue, and as tenuouse as it has been her concern is that 3-4 days of not adding to the storage supply may leave the baby short.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Need cold storage Help on 04/06/2012 03:05:46 MDT Print View

I think you may be pulling our legs here. :(

But on the off chance you're actually serious, obviously you wouldn't even try to save it for all the obvious safety reasons and - as stated, "there is more where that came from," so no way you'd actually be "short."

You could also take the baby with you.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Need cold storage Help on 04/06/2012 16:37:52 MDT Print View

Pump and dump. It has to be frozen! Chilling isn't enough. And she is fine leaving the baby behind for 4 days while BF'ing?? Just saying...the only time I have been away from my 2 year old was when I gave birth to my 8 week baby.....she will be missing the baby and pumps that are manual/light take forever to do.

Stephan Doyle
Re: Need cold storage Help on 04/06/2012 20:17:27 MDT Print View

You (realistically) can't keep it cold enough. Store up enough before the trip to have extra.

On the trip, you face a LNT question on what to do with it.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Need cold storage Help on 04/07/2012 00:27:22 MDT Print View

Alternatives--IMHO, based on experience with 4 children and 6 grandchildren, all but one of whom were breast fed. The one was born with severe cleft palate so couldn't nurse, and despite his mom's best efforts, pumping worked only for a few days. BTW, at age 20 he's graduating from college this spring, and thanks to multiple surgeries and speech therapy you'd never know he ever had any problems!

(1) Take the baby! Probably the best alternative!

(2) Stay home. I can understand Mom's being stir-crazy (been there, done that!), but this too shall pass! In another 6 months, it won't be a big deal.

(3) Pump and dump (in the meantime, having left enough frozen at home to keep baby going until Mom gets home).

The major problem with the last scenario is that many babies find it easier to nurse from a bottle, and after several days on the bottle they will often refuse the breast (been there, done that!). Is Mom willing to risk that? There is no way she can keep her milk supply up indefinitely by pumping! Once the baby decides that bottle (or cup, in my case) is better, the end of Mom's milk supply is in sight within a few weeks.

Edited by hikinggranny on 04/07/2012 01:23:24 MDT.