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yenken05 June 5th, 2014 09:28 AM

Breast Pumping
With my son, I stayed at home and fed him on demand, never having need for a pump. With this little guy, I'll be going back to work but want to pump so he doesn't get formula. Those that have pumped, did you freeze milk in the bags or in the bottles that attach to the pump?

toasterbell June 5th, 2014 12:03 PM

Re: Breast Pumping
I haven't personally pumped before, but I'm a NICU nurse, so I deal with other people's breastmilk all day :-P. The bags are great because you can freeze them flat and not take up so much space in your freezer. You'll also probably want a little bit of a stockpile, so the bottles would be prohibitively expensive. I know that medela, lasinoh, and I think target make bags, so you can price compare and see which is cheapest. They all work well.

Hope that helps,

P.S. - if you're pumping at work, you'll want to invest in a good double electric pump to keep your supply up and keep you from having to spend too much time pumping. We usually tell people 20 minutes on both sides every 3-4 hours.

TiggersMommy June 5th, 2014 01:25 PM

Re: Breast Pumping
I have high lipase issues so storing my milk is a PITA and I use bottles. I advise all moms who plan to pump to do a quick check for lipase problems before they start a stash. Pump a little bit and leave it in the fridge for a week. It should still smell and taste fine for at least a few days if not over a week. If it starts to seem rancid, you'll have to take some extra steps. Its not suuuuper common to have lipase issues but I can tell you from personal experience that you do NOT want to find out you have them when you already have a 200 oz stash sitting in your freezer.

njkatc June 6th, 2014 01:31 PM

Re: Breast Pumping
Definitely freeze flat in the bags, so much easier for storage, especially when you are building a freezer stash.

Social Halfwit June 6th, 2014 04:55 PM

Re: Breast Pumping
If you go with bags, I would also invest in a little plastic bin so the bags can sit upright instead of floating randomly about the freezer, too. When I would store milk, bags would end up hidden in all sorts of weird places in the freezer!

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