Breastfeeding and Donating Breast Milk at BlogHer ’11

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 31, 2011

I’ll be Child Free at BlogHer '11!

No, this isn’t a post about the Nestle Boycott at BlogHer — the biggest blogging conference for women (August 5 and 6 in San Diego).

You can read about how I feel about BlogHer taking money from Nestle in my post from last year: Breastfeeding, the Nestle Boycott, and BlogHer 2010.

I’m disappointed that they are doing it again this year despite last year’s uproar — one sponsor of BlogHer ’11 is a Nestle product (SkinnyCow).

This post is about breastfeeding at BlogHer ’11.

About me NOT breastfeeding at BlogHer ’11!

I’ve been preparing for BlogHer for months, but only yesterday did it dawn on me that I will have to pump or hand-express my breast milk for the four days I’ll be there. I’m kind of laughing at myself — how did I not think of this earlier?

In 4 years and 9 months I’ve never been away from my son for longer than a night, so this situation has never come up before. And when I bought the early-bird ticket for BlogHer ’11 last year, who could have foreseen that L is still not done nursing to sleep?

So what now?

Luckily, I know how to hand-express breast milk because I was forced to take a break from nursing for two weeks once. Back then I found a great video that shows you the trick to hand-expressing breast milk and was able to keep up my milk supply while the wounds healed.

Since I only have enough milk for a few, short daily feedings at this point, I hope hand-expressing will be enough to avoid being uncomfortable or getting mastitis.

Just in case, I’m going to bring my hand pump I haven’t used in three years. I need to find a replacement bottle, mine is missing, but I’m crossing my fingers I won’t be running around looking like Dolly Parton after one day at BlogHer.

Thanks to a tweet, I found out today that Jen from Life with Levi is hosting a pumping session in her hotel room before the BlogHer parties on Friday. I’ll definitely join the other moms and would be thrilled if I could pump enough to donate my breast milk — something I’ve been wanting to do for years. There will be an opportunity to donate milk to Eats on Feets.

So this is a little hiccup, I’ll have to find a place to hand-express or pump milk several times a day during the conference, but I’ll figure it out. I can’t wait to get to BlogHer.

My goal was to find a BlogHer sponsor to make the trip to San Diego affordable and I found a wonderful one — SwaddleDesigns.

And I’ll be rooming with my fellow lactivist and Nestle boycotter Annie from PhDinParenting, yay!

Come Talk to Me at BlogHer '11!

If you’re also going to BlogHer ’11, please say hi if you see me running around.

Will you be breastfeeding or pumping at BlogHer ’11?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy Morelli August 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Stopping by to say hi again, surprised how many women bloggers support Nestle……

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Cecilia @ Parenting Controversy August 2, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Now that’s the kind of pumping session in a hotel room that I would sign on for too! ;)

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Kim @ Dirty Diaper Laundry August 1, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I’m surprised how many ladies will be joining me to donate. I just really hate to see breastmilk go to waste.

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Jona August 1, 2011 at 5:05 AM

I’m pretty sure Lansinoh is sponsoring a lactation lounge where you should be able to pump if you need to during the day. It’s a room at the convention center, so should be fairly convenient… Looking forward to meeting you!

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Kathy Morelli July 31, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Hey Dagmar!
Great to see how good you are doing!
Have fun!
I an attending #BlogHer11 at home this year with nic!

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Cara R. July 31, 2011 at 11:39 PM

It’s wonderful that there are ladies getting together to pump and donate! I hope you enjoy your time at BlogHer. I wish/hope/plan to go some day. :o)

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Crisc July 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I’m just curious on what you plan on doing when your son starts Kindergarten next year (or this yr). I think I read before that you were waiting for him to ween.

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Dagmar July 31, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Since he doesn’t really nurse during the day, nothing is going to change when he starts kindergarten. He’s been in preschool for a few hours a week for two years.

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