A couple of EP Q's

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-19-2008
A couple of EP Q's
8
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 10:13am

1~ How much milk do you keep in the fridge? I think I am at the point where I can start freezing but i'm not sure, I have over 50oz in the fridge right now.

2~How do you keep the frozen milk from taking over the freezer? Do you store in small containers or the larger bags? Recommendations?

3~ How in the world do you keep from feeling frumpy when you have to pump every 3 hrs? I live in my home made hands free pumping bras and pj pants... am I really going to dress like this until Daphne is a year old??? lol! I mean I SAH so I can dress like this indefinitely but ugh.

TIA!!!





Thank you to Dedi,Shelle,& Tanya for my super fab siggies!
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
limetwists.com Ticker
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2008
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 11:27pm

Crashing here!


Joelle, I can't help you with the EP questions. I was never able to pump much myself. It sure sounds like a lot of work. You ladies that do it are amazing!


As for the frumpiness issue... good grief Daphne's only 3 weeks old! Of course you'r ein your PJs all day! LOL! It does get old pretty fast. Over time you'll start putting on regular clothes, new regular, but regular. And getting out more. Right now, though, just getting all settled & adjusted to this new normal takes everything you have, so don't fret about it.

Photobucket
 Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-19-2008
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 10:08pm

TY!

I will go get some freezer bags today.

I am hesitant to freeze bc we are going to the states in Feb, so it's not something I can bring with me!

Aside from our walks outside at night and Dr's appts I don't get out of the house, I've been waiting for it to cool down, but I might need to get out during the day with her for a few minutes at least

... and she's howling





Thank you to Dedi,Shelle,& Tanya for my super fab siggies!
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
limetwists.com Ticker
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2003
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 7:52pm

LOL - I've been living in these all summer:


http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/onlineProductDisplay.vs?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=EC-156614&page=1&cgname=OSSLPSETZZZ&rfnbr=5241&atp=a


I may not be as good looking as the model, but at least the pjs are cute, extremely comfy, and they don't even look all that frumpy. LOL.


Photobucket
Lilypie


PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket



.........

Photobucket


Powered by CGISpy.com
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2007
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 5:09pm

I'm not EPing but for #2 I found a link on the EP board to a youtube video showing how to convert a gift bag to a storage/dispenser for the plastic bags of milk (frozen flat). It's worked well for the limited amount of milk I've frozen, so it may help you.
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppexcluspump/?msg=31729.1

As for #3, i think all new moms feel frumpy no matter how we feed our babies :) So take heart, you are not alone (Barrett nurses every 2-3 hours so I like to live in my sleep bra and comfy pants - i try to ay least put on yoga pants so i'm not in my pjs all day - hee hee)

Photobucket

Lilypie

Photobucket
Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2007
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 4:27pm

Hey Joelle!


Here's what I did:



1~ How much milk do you keep in the fridge? Ry was actually always on frozen milk, because we built up a stash early when he was in the NICU. We kept a day-2 days worth in the fridge and the rest frozen.


2~How do you keep the frozen milk from taking over the freezer? Well, we actually bought a separate deep freeze for milk, haha. But, I found the most efficient thing to do was to put a serving in a milk storage bag, then put a day's worth of bags in a gallon Ziploc bag and arrange them in the freezer with the oldest gallon bag at the front so I could just pull a new one out when the one in the fridge ran out.


3~ How in the world do you keep from feeling frumpy when you have to pump every 3 hrs? At some point, I just transitioned to normal clothes and bras. I would just pull my shirt up over my shoulders and slip my bra straps down to pump. Of course, I wouldn't have done this in front of guests, haha.


GL, HTH!


-Megan

PhotobucketLilypie 1st Birthday Ticker
wttg
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2003
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 4:00pm
Actually, I second this wholeheartedly - get out of the house as much as possible! I try to take Elena for a walk every day. The mall is literally a 7 minute walk from my building so it's pretty nice. It gives me an excuse to put on clothes other than pjs, plus it's just nice to get out and get some air and see other people (even if you aren't socializing with those people). Being at home alone with a newborn day after day can make you pretty squirrelly.

Photobucket
Lilypie


PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket



.........

Photobucket


Powered by CGISpy.com
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:41pm
Joelle, I don't EP, actually hardly pump at all, so I don't have a lot of input on those questions. But, I wanted to say about being frumpy, it has gotten better for me. I try to get out of the house frequently, that way I have to put on clothes. But also even if I'm going nowhere, I try to find comfortable things that I can wear around the house, but that aren't pajamas. I wear a lot of elastic waist skirts and that sort of thing. When do you move back to the states?? I find planning activities for myself, and getting out of the house really helps me not feel so frumpy.
Photobucket
Lilypie
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2003
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:11pm

1~ How much milk do you keep in the fridge? I think I am at the point where I can start freezing but i'm not sure, I have over 50oz in the fridge right now.


I try not to keep any more than a days-worth in the fridge, just so that Elena is getting the freshest stuff possible. Right now she is eating between 20-25 oz, with 23 being average, so once I hit 30 oz in the fridge I freeze 12. Depending on how much Daphne is eating, I'd think about freezing at least 30 oz!


2~How do you keep the frozen milk from taking over the freezer? Do you store in small containers or the larger bags? Recommendations?


I store it in the First Years milk storage bags. I like them because they are made of rigid plastic and can stand up when you are filling them, yet can be laid flat for freezing. They hold up to 6 oz, and actually stack pretty well once frozen.



Powered by CGISpy.com