New here, have some questions....

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Registered: 05-01-2003
New here, have some questions....
Mon, 06-02-2003 - 9:28am
Hi. My name is Jill(34). I am so thrilled to find this board. My son in 2 1/2 weeks old (first child) and we are struggling tremendously with latching on. I am pumping and he is getting all breastmilk and I have actually entertained the thought of EPing. I was thinking I was crazy. I didn't know there are other women out there doing the same.

I have been so emotional and when I can't get Joshua to latch on I feel like a failure and He and I BOTH end up crying and upset so I have been feeding mainly pumped milk. My husband enjoys doing some of the feedings. He will get up and feed at night so that I can pump.

My questions may be silly. But here goes....

I am paranoid about Joshua's health so I am washing stuff like crazy and meticulous about freezing, refrigeration etc.

I am storing my extra milk in plastic bottles in a freezer. Does anyone use the bags? What kind are good and safe?

How long is it okay to let the baby drink from the bottle. For example after it is warmed up if he eats a litte then stops do you have to waste the rest of that bottle or can he eat from it again in 30 minutes or so? He still is trying to decide how much he wants each feeding and I have been afraid to let him eat from that same bottle. Is there a time limit to prevent any spoilage of the milk?

What are you doing to sterilize the pump parts? I was told warm soapy water between feedings and dishwasher once a day. Does this sound right?

Sorry this is so long. I am just excited to have a place to see that other mother's are doing the same to get breast milk to their babies. Thanks for any responses you may have, I really appreciate any help.

Jill and Joshua (05/15/03)

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Mon, 06-02-2003 - 11:29am
Hi Jill and welcome!

I use the Gerber Seal and Go freezer bags. They have a ziplock and freeze flat. I then put a bunch of the frozen gerber bags into a gallon size ziplock bag, write the dates on the bag, and put it in the freezer. The only downside is that I freeze A LOT and the bags have begun to get pretty expensive. I know others have used regular Glad quart size freezer bags to freeze in and then put them in the gallon size freezer bags.

In the beginning, I washed my horns/bottles after every pump also. What a pain! Now, after each pumping session, I rinse the horns/bottles and put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the fridge. Then at night, I put them all in the dishwasher and wash them. It works great!! I only sterilized once in the beginning when I got the pump and haven't done it since.

I will feed my dd a bottle and is she doesn't finish it all and I know she will within the next hour or so, I leave it out and give her the rest. If I know she won't take more until her next feeding (3 hours or more), I put the bottle back in the fridge. I give it to her at her next feeding but if she still doesn't take it all, I then toss it. There are no real studies on this but most women on this board do the same thing and have never had problems. Some women put a new nipple on the bottle before putting it back in the fridge but I have never done that.

All these tricks (including going hands free) I learned from this board! It is a valuable support system and the women are wonderful! Don't be afraid to ask questions, that's how we all learn! :) Good luck and HTH!!

Shanna & Makenna (10 weeks)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 9:16am
Welcome Jill!

I agree with and have done everything that Shanna mentioned. It's all pretty standard advice on this board, and cutting down on all the washing and disinfecting makes EP so much more manageable.

I don't believe we've had many other people who have frozen in bottles. If you're producing enough to freeze at 2 1/2 weeks, the amount in your freezer will quickly grow out of hand and you will soon 1) run out of bottles and 2) discover that they're not a very efficient use of your freezer space. I highly recommend using freezer bags, either the ones designed specifically for EBM or just regular old Glad or Ziplock bags, frozen flat to conserve space.

On using a bottle after it's been warmed and started, it should be used within an hour or two or put in the fridge. You can rewarm it one time. Also, in case you didn't know, it is fine to leave freshly pumped milk out at room temperature for several hours, which is really nice because you don't have to warm the milk! In cool temperatures (under 70 F, I believe) it can be kept out for up to 10 hours, but in the summertime that number would be less. At any rate, it should be no problem to pump and leave a bottle out for the next feeding. Then if it is not finished, refrigerate what is left over.

Glad you found us! You will really love this board! It's a great group of smart ladies!

Susan and Connor (17 months, EPed 14 months)