Post # 1
This system looks really interesting. FTM planning to EBF but will be returning to work and will need to pump/ freeze in bags for when I am away from baby. My concerns with pumping are milk transfer, and the many parts to clean (if I pump into bottle, pour into bags to freeze, re-pour into new bottles when it’s time to use milk), and just having to buy a lot of extras (we’re tight on space as is and I don’t want tons of extra gadgets if I can help it). I like that this system solves most of my problems, though the bags look a little pricey? Is it worth it long term? I can’t find too many reviews on this, but the ones I have found all seem pretty good. I could just do all medela bottles, since that is the pump I will get, but I’m weirded out by the plastic (should I just get over that?), and had initially planned on going all glass, but that becomes an issue with direct pumping and the other concerns I listed above. Any thoughts?
Post # 2
Medela bags come with an attachment to pump straight from your pump to the bag. I used phillips avent bottles and also bought a cheap adaptor to pump straight into the bags. I am not familiar with the system, but doesnt seem necessary.
Does that help? I also travel for work and that system worked fine. I kind of wish I had gotten the freestyle rather than the pump in style model because it was smaller in a carryon bag.
Post # 3
Also, the downside to glass baby bottles is they are often too heavy for baby to easily learn to hold on their own. Plus they fling them everywhere as they get older.
Post # 4
I’ve never tried it personally so keep that in mind but I have no desire to. Sometimes I only pump 2 ozs a side, so that seems like quite a waste of a bag to me. I liked to combine my pumping sessions to fill up bottles (I had lots of the little 4-6oz storage bottles in addition to bottles used for feeding) and then I would transfer to a lansinoh bag in 6oz portions to save freezer room. I can’t imagine what a hassle it is to combine these bags when you’re only getting a few ozs at a time. Personally, it just seems like a waste of plastic to keep going through bags. I usually never pumped exaclty what she needed in one session, I would get large amounts in the morning (too much for a bottle) and quite a bit less at the end of the work day (not enough for a bottle) so it requires a lot of transferring back and forth to make the same oz bottles each day. So I’d rather have wide mouth bottles.
Post # 5
I had registered for it but ended up returning it for many of the reasons @kes18 mentioned. I prefer to pump into bottles and can then portion out 6 ounces to freeze, or an ounce or two to mix with cereal. I would get a lot of waste because I nurse and then pump afterwards so the breast that he nursed from usually produces much less. Sometimes I pump and want to feed that milk right away so there’s no need to waste a bag. Plus you never know if your baby will like the nipples and if not, you may end up using different bottles too.