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September 20th, 2011, 11:56 PM
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Hi Girls, I just had a babygirl 11 days ago, and originally was going to strictly BF her, well when we got home and my husband went back to work with 2 other kids this wasnt realistic for me. My SIL then let me barrow her Medela pump so I decided to just exclusively pump and feed her out of a bottle. Which led me here with tons of questions! I hope you dont mind if I join you all. my name is Angie DH is Josh we have 2 boys Payton is 5 and Carson will be 2 in December and of course our new babygirl Addison. I look forward to getting to know you all and learn so much about eping!!! I will tell you all how I pump and store and please tell me if I am doing something wrong or if something could be better.
I pump 4-5 times a day.
i am getting 10-15 oz. both breasts combined per pump. ( I was pumping everytime i fed her but realized that i was getting the same amount no matter if i pumped 4-5 times a day or 8-10 times a day)
I put my pumped milk into storage bags i usually put 1-3 oz. per bag.
i put them all in the freezer
When It is time to feed her I will get a bag out of the freezer and use hot water to heat it up.
And soemtimes if she dont wat it all i will put the leftover in a storage bottle with a lid in the fridge and save it for the next feeding.
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September 21st, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Wow you are getting a lot of milk! In the long run, directly breastfeeding is usually quicker and usually easier to keep up for a long period of time. I hated pumping and only did it since i had to work full time, but I also struggled for each ounce, especially towards the end.

In general, the rule of thumb for EPing is to pump as often as your child eats since you want to mimic a newborn's feeding patterns to stimulate your breasts to make enough milk. So far, you have no problem making milk it seems, but that may not keep up in the long run and you may need to pump more often.

I'd also suggest feeding fresh milk rather than freezing everything, thawing, and feeding. That way it saves on milk bags and we don't really know what/if anything is lost in the freezing/thawing process. So, maybe your first couple pumps of the day, put that milk in the fridge to use throughout the day, then freeze your last couple pumps that are excess (since I assume, you have lots of excess at this point, with how much you're pumping!) Just my opinion though... I pumped at work so whatever I pumped Monday, she got in her bottles Tuesday, and so on.

Good luck!

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September 21st, 2011, 10:48 AM
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I ditto everything above

pumping more often will really help, and i honeslty feel that jut BF'ing is faster and easier then pumping and then bottle feeding. you spend twice a much time.

but if pumping full time works for you. yay!!
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September 21st, 2011, 12:59 PM
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I agree with pp's!! Good luck to you!!!!

I mostly pump now - and nurse 1-2x a day. I pump 5 times a day for an 8 month old, and am able to give him mostly EBM. I get about 25 ounces per day - and that is GOOD for me!!

Your getting plenty now - but as pp said - pumping when the baby eats is the best way to keep up your supply! I pumped like a mad woman to start!! I also agree with using fresh milk as much as possible - and using frozen as a reserve. You can keep breast milk in your fridge for about 3 days (or more, depending on how cold your fridge is)

Oh - and you can even leave the milk out at room temp for up to 6 hours or so! So - you pump, leave it out, and feed baby at next feeding. Heats alot quicker than having to defrost a frozen pouch each time!
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