Many of my fellow momtogs have lamented about the difficulties of being a nursing mom and trying to shoot an ALL day wedding. During an 8-10 hr wedding, there is limited time to eat, drink, let alone pump. It's stressful because this can cause a mommy to lose her milk.
So I want to share my experience and things I've learned that have helped maintain my milk supply.
1. Quick & Easy Snacks! I always carry tiny snacks in my camera bag & pump bag. I often scarf them down between locations while shooting or while the bride & groom are wrangling their people for family photos, I'll take a few steps away from the group, turn my back and stuff as much food in my mouth as I can manage.
Snack options that are easy and convenient:
Individually packed nut butter
Baby food squeeze packs. (I'm obsessed)
2. Make sure you are drinking TONS of water. I always bring two full water bottles with me to a wedding. I drink half of one on my way there. I drink another full one when we are driving between locations and right before the ceremony. Then I drink another half on my way home. Another easy way to get water is to send your second photographer to fetch you some during family photos or when he/she is not busy. No need to feel like a diva, you're a nursing mom and need your fluids!
3. Find time to pump. I know, it's hard, it's inconvenient, and it's awkward doing it anywhere other than home. A few ways to over come this:
Pump in your car while driving between locations
Pump during your dinner break
Pump on your way home at the end of the night.
Even if you're only at one location, that's still two pumping opportunities!
BONUS: Drink mommy's milk smoothies!
1 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup of oats
1 lb of chia seeds
2 tbls Brewers Yeast
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 scoops of Barleans Chocolate Greens
Blend until smooth.