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!
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?