When Nothing Goes as Planned: Low Supply and Exclusive Pumping

(Mama Roo will be taking the reins on this post because she had a more difficult time with breastfeeding than Mama Seal.)

I knew I wanted to breastfeed exclusively before I even got pregnant. In preparation, I found out as much as I could about what I was getting into. I read blogs, googled questions, and took a breastfeeding class, I joined breastfeeding Facebook groups. Once I started nursing and had several struggles, I paid out of pocket to see a lactation consultant (LC). I watched videos and read blogs. I took supplements and made lactation cookies. I did everything I could, but in the end I was unable to exclusively breastfeed. I’m 7.5 month postpartum and instead of exclusively breastfeeding, I have been exclusively pumping and supplementing with formula for the last 6 months. According to my pumps, I have spent 586 hours attached to a pump since Captain was born. (How insane is that?!) Here’s what I went through, what I tried, and what worked and didn’t work for me.
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Car Trips with Baby

(Mama Seal here because she is the car traveling master) We both live far from our families, so it is inevitable that we will need to travel at some point with our babies. I have spent roughly 125 hours on road trips with my baby. Each of these trips was between 2-8 hours in length. It is no easy feat. Of course, the tricks necessary for long car rides are completely different than those needed for plane or train rides. Using our experiences, we would like to share a few of the tools and tips that have kept us sane during stressful trips. This post will focus primarily on car rides, because sometimes it feels like I’ve spent my life driving in the car with my sweet Buttons.
If you’re traveling alone with the baby (bless you), there is one thing I would absolutely do. Grab a bin/basket/bag/tub/what have you to hold things your baby will need during the drive. You can reach back there and grab the paci/binky your baby has thrown, but should you? You know what your child will want and enjo…