(Closed) Questions about Pumping

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Newbee

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Pappy8:  Hi there. I will try to answer your questions for you.

1) It is not recommended to refrigerate and reheat any of baby’s milk. 

2) I actually froze mine in bags meant for that that were given to me. They were 8oz bags, however you can store it how you think you’ll use it. I wouldn’t freeze more than 24 hrs worth because you can’t refeeeze it and it should be used in 24 hrs. 

3) Pretty sure it was 24 hours afrer thawed

4)That one I am unsure of I will have to check my literature 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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Pappy8:  1. Yes, if it’s within 24 hours

2. Check out Babies R Us or the like for breastmilk storage bags. I do 2-5 oz per bag.

3. Previously frozen milk should be used within 24 hours. Fresh milk in the fridge is good for about 5 days.

4. You can add fresh milk to cold milk in the fridge.

Check out Kelly mom website- there are articles on everything you could want to know about breastfeeding and it is evidence-based with references!

Also, maybe you already know this but breastmilk shouldn’t be microwaved. You can heat it by running it under hot water or submerging the bag in a pot of hot (not boiling) water. 

Post # 5
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Newbee

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Pappy8:  I’m sorry I was thinking of formula with t h the time frames. I believe it’s 6 to 8 room temp and a week for fridge 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
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Pappy8:  No, if it has been frozen it needs to be used within 24 hours is my understanding. That is why I only freeze small portions.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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Pappy8:  No worries! I feel like a pro now (my son is 9 months old) but I knew NOTHING about pumping when I first had him. He mostly nurses but it has been invaluable to have milk for him on the 2 days he goes to a babysitter and for when my husband takes care of him. You’ll get it dialed it!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
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Pappy8:  Oh that sucks! I’m sorry! You could try a nipple shield, too, if she is having trouble with the bottle. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You could use lanolin cream for your nipples. Also just be careful that your supply doesn’t diminish if you stop her suckling and only pump. It happens sometimes. Also sometimes baby won’t go back to  breast if has had bottle only for a while. These are just worst case scenarios but they happen sometimes so just want you to be informed because formula is expensive if breast feeding stops working. Although many babies breastfeed, pump only, or formula feed only or any combination of the above with no issues. Just be on the lookout and do whatever works for you and baby! Hope you feel better soon! Best wishes!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I store in lansinoh bags…6oz per bag and lay flat to freeze. Once they are frozen I stored mine upright in the cheap ice cube holders from target. I read do not go over 6oz if you want them to freeze flat. 5oz they are even flatter. Good up to 6mo in a regular freezer I think up to 12mo in a deep freeze. Rotate out frozen milk to keep it fresh. I did 1 day a week frozen and then freeze wha tyou pumped that day. 6oz was always good for me. Sort of depends on if you work fulltime. If I only needed a few ozs at the end of a day id unfreeze a bag and give that first and save my fresh milk for the next day. Some people liked freezing in 3-4oz portions but I didn’t have the room for that many bags.

Yes you can combine milk from different sessions. Youre supposed to coolboth before combining but I got lazy and often did not.

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