storing after pumping

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Registered: 04-17-2011
storing after pumping
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 4:07pm

I am only a week into EPing my

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 8:28pm
Combining milk is no problem from the same day. Obviously if it's from different days, its shelf life should be dated from the earliest milk in the bottle. I used the mother's milk mate system, and although the bottles are small (4oz, but hold 5), there is an awesome rack that rolls the new milk to the back, and it kept my fridge so much more organized. The whole thing stores 40 oz. Anytime I ran out of little bottles (which do work for pumping into depending on how much you get at a time) I knew it was time to freeze some. When I would visit my parents for a weekend, I would notice right away how much I missed the storage rack system.

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Registered: 04-09-2011
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 11:39pm
I don't think you're supposed to combine the milk until it's all cooled (ie: don't add freshly expressed milk to the cold milk in the fridge...let it cool in the fridge first, then add to the big container.) Other than that it makes sense to me.
I've used the Playtex bottles to feed all 3 of my children. These are the bottles that use the disposable liners. My pediatrician is a very "mother earth" type, and she pointed out to me that this system tends to be extremely effective in avoiding gas/air while baby is eating - in her opinion way better than the expensive bottles. The great thing about these bottles is that you can pump directly into them with the Playtex attachments for pumps. I've used this system a lot! Their attachments run about $8 - $15 for the kit. You just connect them to your pump on one side and the bottle on the other (with the disposable liner already in it). That way your bottles are already made! And you can freeze the disposable containers (although I haven't done it). This really keeps those pumping bottles free for times when you know you'll be freezing it. I'll use the baby bottle on one side and the pumping bottle on the other side and just add them together when I'm done.
Of course, this isn't what I do now. :) Over time I've collected a bunch of the 5 oz pump bottles, so I don't usually run out. I try to give my LO the freshest milk from the most recent feeding (I just put it in a bottle after pumping and leave it on the counter since she'll usually be eating w/in 1 or 2 hours). If there's leftover, I put that in the fridge...combining all the leftovers once they're all cooled, and either freezing at the end of the day or using for daycare the next day. If I'm pumping surplus and I know she won't need it I try to freeze it immediately...just seems better.
Good luck! There are a million ways, and people tend to try multiple ways at different times.
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Registered: 03-01-2011
Wed, 04-20-2011 - 3:28pm
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Registered: 04-21-2011
Thu, 04-21-2011 - 12:53pm

I have 4 10oz bottles that I keep in the fridge.

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Registered: 04-17-2011
Thu, 04-21-2011 - 3:29pm

This is exactly what I just started doing...today in fact. I bought the cheepy gerber bottles and just fill them up. I will make the bottles from that. Thanks for your reply. I will let you know how it works!

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Registered: 03-01-2011
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 11:26pm

Yes I also use the cheap Gerber bottles, you can also get the 5oz Gerber bottles and pump into them as well!!

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Sat, 05-28-2011 - 2:07pm