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Old 03-29-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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What do you do with all the bm?+when do you use it?

Ok, got the how to store etc but when do you use it all? I'm at home pretty much all the time with ds so bf'ing isn't a problem. So if I pump when do I use all the stored milk or do people think of it as some kind of insurance in case you get sick etc?

I've been thinking of pumping, I've been bf'ing for 4 and half months and haven't so far. But I'm a thinking that it would give me a bit more freedom and also not cause ds too many hunger pangs if I'm not back home within exactly 2 and half hours. So, if I have to increase my supply in order to pump, and I was also told that I would need to pump regularly in order to maintain this. My question then is this, when I'm 99% nursing him what do I do with all the pumped milk if I'm having to pump regularly?
Also, suggestions for storing bm please. I'm not wanting to go the route of plastic bags, my conscience won't allow it (although my ds raises his eyebrows as I'm willing to fly..) so what is the best alternative that does not leach chemicals? I guess glass, but can you buy small bottles like that to store bm?
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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Re: What do you do with all the bm?

I first pumped a few times between feedings (just a little bit) to get a supply built up in the fridge. I use Medela bottles (2.5 oz each, I got at Target). They freeze and fridgerate well and then you can just put a nipple on and you're good to go. My DH heats water in the micro and sits the bottle in the hot water. As we don't bottle feed often, I'm not too concerned about any chemicals. I've read you can store milk out of fridge for 10 hrs, in fridge for upto 8 days and in the freezer for a long time (not sure exactly). I pump while I'm out now so we have a constant supply in the fridge. Also, there were a few times when DD didn't eat a "full" meal and I just pumped the rest to relieve me and to have some extra in the freezer (just in case!!)
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
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I use the evenflo storage containers and love them. I sterilize them in Medela bags. At first, I would put pumped milk in the fridge until I had 4 oz in a container, then they would go to the back of the freezer. We also have a bottle warmer that I love.
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I froze my extra milk. I wish I could donate it to someone because Dakota refuses to take a bottle and it will only be good until May-June.
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I have pumped milk in the freezer that probably isn't good anymore. I quit pumping because there was never a need to bottle-feed dd.
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Re: What do you do with all the bm?+when do you use it?

Mix it with cereal, baby food, use it for sippy cup practice, etc.
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Re: What do you do with all the bm?+when do you use it?

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Mix it with cereal, baby food, use it for sippy cup practice, etc.

Yes....those are great uses for it! If I had extra I would use it to mix their cereal & I did homemade baby food so I would mix it with extra breastmilk! I also weaned them from bottles at around 7 months and I would put breastmilk in the sippy cups to help them learn how to use them.
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like the OP said..babyfood, sippy practice *although I still cringe when it spills and I have to throw it away or something or like you said..a little something so you can be 5 mins late without a meltdown (boy do I know that all to well ) my ds has decided the bottle is his arch enemy but I use it in all his babyfood I started preparing at home
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:33 AM   #9
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Thank you so much, didn't think about babyfood etc, my brain is still very much in the 4 and half month mode!
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Re: What do you do with all the bm?+when do you use it?

When I read the title I was thinking bowel movements, not breast milk. Couldn't figure out what someone would use BM for, lol. Sorry for the quick highjack, just thought I'd thank you for the laugh.
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