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Old 04-16-2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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I'm pumping for donation again this time. Last time I just used my simple manual Avent Isis, and could get 5-7 oz per side pretty quickly, but usually no more than that. This time my cousin gave me her double electric PIS so it was my first time using an electric pump. HOLY SMOKES. I got 10oz on ONE side, and 8 on the other (AFTER DS had been nursing on that side nearly all morning). And I was still squirting buckets when I stopped! I can't believe what a difference the pump makes!!!!

And also...for anyone who uses pumped milk, how much do you use per feeding (and as it changes with age)? Last time and this time I've stored most bags at 4oz each (some more, some slightly less). I never thought to as if that was a good amount or not.

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As a momma who has had to use donated milk in the past, I have to say, package as you see fit. 4oz seems reasonable. Mine were packed in 4oz each, and although my DS was eatting 8-10 oz, I didn't mind thawing multiple bags at a time. I was just happy knowing that I didn't have to give him formula.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:57 AM   #3
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I'm so jealous! I'm currently getting 1-2oz at a pumping!
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:59 AM   #4
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As a momma who has had to use donated milk in the past, I have to say, package as you see fit. 4oz seems reasonable. Mine were packed in 4oz each, and although my DS was eatting 8-10 oz, I didn't mind thawing multiple bags at a time. I was just happy knowing that I didn't have to give him formula.
okay thanks! I figured it would be better to have less and just use more bags rather than too much per bag and have some potentially wasted, kwim?
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yea and if you end up donating to a newer baby, 4oz will be just right, so I'd stick with that. Us mommas using donated breastmilk will obviously not mind a little extra work,lol.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #6
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4/5 ounce i think is perfect! If you run low on bags you can always use more in a bag. When we were using donor milk some was in 8ounce bags so i would just put in the fridge and poor in the SNS what we needed! And WTG mama that is an awsome amount!
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when i donated, i always filled the bags to their max plus a little more - so about 7oz in each. i figured she'd use it all within 24 hours, and there would be less (plastic) waste. totally up to you! but if you know who you'll be donating to, you can always ask! happy pumping
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I'm jealous of your output!
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Dang, can I borrow your boobs? I consider 5 ounces total from a pumping session to be a good night! I usually wait until I have 5 ounces in the bag before freezing. The bags hold 6 but the bottles that came with my pump only hold 5. Given my BFing history I will end up needing formula at some point, so when he is bigger I will just add formula to the 5 ounces to make up whatever extra he needs and do that as long as possible.
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Re: holy.cow. (literally!?!? LOL) And a milk storage question (quantity)

Thanks for the input everybody! Definitely helps. My babies have never taken a bottle, even when I tried, so I've never really had any idea how much they're taking in (never done the weigh before/after thing either).

And yes, I feel very blessed to have so much milk, so I feel like sharing it is the least I can do.
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