Breast Pumping While Camping – things you need to know.
Breast milk waits for no one. If you miss your scheduled pumping time you could face painful situations such as engorgement due to a blocked duct. Plus, it could weaken your milk flow. That means that missing a pumping break is not a good option.
It’s always best to maintain your schedule, so as an active Mama who loves the outdoors, this could cause you to face the challenge of breast pumping while camping.
Breast Pumping While Camping
Before you embark on your camping journey make sure to pick the right breast pump to bring along. There are many lightweight, portable breast pumps to choose from with rechargeable battery packs, so they can be operated in areas without power.
Be sure to bring enough batteries to last during your entire trip and some options come with a DC power converter, so you can power them with the cigarette lighter in your car if you parked nearby.
You could also consider getting a smaller, manual breast pump as a backup, as they don’t require any power. Just keep in mind they take a bit longer to express breast milk than an electric pump.
A manual pump is also good to have in case an accident happens. If a breast pump part breaks or you forget to pack something, you can express milk with your manual pump until you return home and replace your electric one.
Pumping on the Go
If you don’t feel comfortable pumping during camping activities such as hiking or kayaking, then schedule those events around your schedule. You can easily privately breast pump in the comfort of your own tent.
When out and about with nature remember to have a breast pump cover for instant privacy. Simply find a nice spot to sit and relax until you finish pumping then continue on your way. If you don’t want to pump on a busy trail full of passersby simply take a few steps back into the woods for more seclusion.
A good breast pump bag will come in handy as they make it easy to transport your breast pump anywhere, as well as any extra supplies you want to take with you. Some even have insulated pouches for you to store your milk in until you make it back to the coolers at your campsite.
Storing Your Milk
Keeping breast milk is possible while camping as long as you’re equipped with enough coolers and ice to keep it cool. However, you can only keep breast milk in a cooler for up to 24 hours. It may be best to freeze some of your breast milk before your trip to have enough for your baby when you get home.
If you plan to keep your expressed milk, store it away from your campsite as you normally do with food. Pack it up in the car at night or hang it from a tree and remember to walk at least 100 yards away from your site if you intend to dump it.
Cleaning In Between Sessions
It’s important to clean your breast pump in between sessions, but that can be a little difficult in the wild. After pumping rinse each part that came into contact with milk with distilled water. You can also wipe them down with breast pump wipes.
Taking an extra set of breast pump supplies can be useful, so you don’t have to clean the flanges after each use. Place the items in a plastic bag and store them until you make it home to clean them or sanitize them at your campsite with boiling water.
Pump in the Wild, Mama!
Don’t let the need to breast pump hold you back from camping, hiking, tubing, and more! All you have to do is take your pump with you and plan your activities a little in advance to incorporate your schedule. Maintaining your milk flow will keep you and baby happy and you’ll still be able to enjoy the great outdoors.