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  • spottedgingerspottedginger
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    edited April 2018
    @EErin86 I used the adapters and pouches for pumping, but never tried the holder and nipples. I’ll have to give those a shot because only washing the pump parts and nipples would be so much better! 
    EErin86SkilledSailorBostonBaby1
  • @spottedginger I am dreading this as well. MH was a huge help with washing, but also I think having multiple sets of parts and using a microwave steam sterilizer thing (can't remember the name and my friend is borrowing ours right now) each night was a time saver. I also refrigerated my parts in a wet/dry bag between uses at work but I read somewhere that it's no longer recommended to do so? I reeeaaalllyy hope that is not the case. 

    I'm interested to look into the kiinde system this time @EErin86
    Me: 32   DH: 32
    BFP #1: 1/23/2012  DD: Born 9/20/2012  <3
    BFP #2: 12/30/2017  DS: Due 9/10/2018  <3


    spottedgingernlc8424BostonBaby1
  • @southernlady07 what?!? There is no way I am cleaning pump parts between sessions. I did the wet bag/ fridge trick at work too. 
    nlc8424southernlady07BostonBaby1
  • @spottedginger What about using the dishwasher most of the time and hand-washing/scrubbing once a week? Or maybe a quick rinse-scrub to get off any residue and then sterilize? Sterilizing isn't *too* time-intensive because part of that time is totally hands-off. I don't think I sterilized beyond the very first time though. But it's simple enough to do while you're getting other things ready for the morning, instead of just adding time like hand washing. IDK, I almost always hand washed but I was working less with DD, so I'm still trying to figure out how everything is going to work this time around.

    2/13 Blighted ovum, D&C -- 6/13 MC -- 8/14 DD born -- 3/17 MC;
    Expecting another rainbow! EDD 9/2/18
    spottedgingerEErin86stothiBostonBaby1
  • EErin86 said:
    It was forever ago but I thought I read from a reliable source that breast milk actually fights off bacteria to an extent. Which is why you can let breast milk sit out longer or put an unfinished bottle in the fridge for later
    I heard that as well. I used to know someone that swore putting a little BM on small cuts would help them heal faster too. Not sure how true that is though...
    EErin86stothi
  • @stothi agreed that some people need to step up their game, no doubt. But I commonly wash out my sink anyway and the bottle brush gets used for nothing but sippy cups or bottles. I am lax on the sponge but may change my tune. I'm guessing that these guidelines came out that was based on a sad case where mom didn't have great access to a clean/sanitary place to pump, possibly didn't store milk properly, and then possibly didn't wash parts and bottles well, leading up to an infection. I generally agree that we can't be careful enough with sanitary issues and babies, but I don't wash my bras every single day and they directly touch my nipples which touch the pump shields. So that's an inherent risk. 

    And yes @EErin86 I believe you're right about breastmilk having antimicrobial properties.

    CDC has to have strict guidelines in the event that someone follows them and has an adverse event I suppose.

    EErin86stothispottedgingerBostonBaby1
  • I want to use glass bottles as well @smsaulino and plan to try the joovy ones as well as avent glass.  I wish there were more ways to store frozen milk without plastic, though... but we were going to try the milkies trays, and possibly try pumping directly into the new lanisoh bags, if I'm back at work, down the line.  I was also going to get the warmer in case DH has to go from frozen sticks to feeding in a short period of time, or even thawed sticks in a cold fridge bottle.  I'm just nervous about the aven't tho, bc I know they may not be as sturdy with quick temperature changes, where the joovy ones are supposed to be able to tolerate that better (but also $$$ considerably more  :#)
    Me: 35 | DH: 42 ~ TTC May 2015 thru Dec 2017
    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | 10/16 - MFI Azoo dx confirmed. No known genetic cause. Vas deferens absent.
    3/17 - DH started Clomid to prepare for MESA/TESE | 4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | 7/17 - Successful retrieval for DH!
    9/17 - Two BTB IVFs  | 10/17 - Polypectomy  |  11/17 - 1st FET ended in CP | 12/17 - 2nd FET ... BFP!!! <3 EDD: 09/09/18

    Our little miracle is finally here!


    smsaulino
  • @BusinessWife I don’t know if this helps but I got a sample of the Boon silicone bottle and it’s pretty rad. Not sure how much money they go for, but it’s an option!
    BusinessWife
  • BostonBaby1BostonBaby1
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    edited April 2018
    @nlc8424 Looking at that makes me want to laugh. I’m fairly certain that would take up every waking hour.

    @spottedginger Thank you for asking that about less cleaning time. Hopefully people have tricks for quicker washing. Medela does have a residue remover which is great but smells strongly so I’m not sure a newborn would be okay with it. The separate basin is easy. I use two ziplock disposable Tupperware containers in my sink that I put in the dishwasher (alternating one at a time.) 
    spottedgingernlc8424stothi
  • BusinessWifeBusinessWife
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    edited April 2018
    So I think I've decided to forego the Spectra [pump] bottles in favour of the joovy ppsu ones, just to mainly pump into (with the joovy adapter).  And then the joovy glass ones for feeding.  But this way whether H grabs a pumping bottle or a feeding bottle, the same rings/nipples will fit.  Does this sound like a good plan?

    Then I want to mix the pumped milk and pour into the milkies trays.  That way we can prep bottles the night before by breaking the sticks into the glass bottles to thaw in the fridge overnight, H can pop in the warmer, boom.

    Just wondering how many / what size pumping bottles to get if I'm mostly home, maybe working part-time.  It looks like the ones that came with the pump are just the smaller 4/5 oz., so I'm not sure if I should just start with a pair of those?  Or go ahead and get four so I have extra?  Then I guess I can play by ear and see of my supply lends itself to pumping in the bigger bottles down the road, right?
    Me: 35 | DH: 42 ~ TTC May 2015 thru Dec 2017
    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | 10/16 - MFI Azoo dx confirmed. No known genetic cause. Vas deferens absent.
    3/17 - DH started Clomid to prepare for MESA/TESE | 4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | 7/17 - Successful retrieval for DH!
    9/17 - Two BTB IVFs  | 10/17 - Polypectomy  |  11/17 - 1st FET ended in CP | 12/17 - 2nd FET ... BFP!!! <3 EDD: 09/09/18

    Our little miracle is finally here!


    spottedgingerSkilledSailorsmsaulino
  • @BusinessWife anything to simplify life sounds like a great plan to me. I'm not sure how other moms did it, but I would always use frozen milk for Mondays and then fresh the rest of the week, then freeze Fridays supply. Nothing wrong with constantly rotating your supply though! 

    As far as number of bottles, I found it helpful to have 8 to pump into. So I would bring 4 with me for a day at work pumping 3 times, and then if something happened for whatever reason and they didn't get washed, I had enough for a backup set the next day. Also, I was totally fine with the 5 oz bottles, if I ever had anything extra than that I would stop and switch over to a new bottle. My supply was average, just enough basically.

    BusinessWifeWishilivedinfloridaspottedgingerSkilledSailor
  • @nlc8424 Thank you so much! So now at least I won't feel too bad about getting four to start. And then go from there I guess, if I need more. I am hoping I don't have to go back to work full-time outside the home, so I feel like if I were only part-time, then four might be enough?  Because I wouldn't necessarily be there all day, or if I were I would have a little more time at home to get them ready for the next shift.  Getting all 8 of the joovy ones is going to run me a little over a hundred bucks!  :#  so maybe better to wait and see how it goes, before I commit to that.
    Me: 35 | DH: 42 ~ TTC May 2015 thru Dec 2017
    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | 10/16 - MFI Azoo dx confirmed. No known genetic cause. Vas deferens absent.
    3/17 - DH started Clomid to prepare for MESA/TESE | 4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | 7/17 - Successful retrieval for DH!
    9/17 - Two BTB IVFs  | 10/17 - Polypectomy  |  11/17 - 1st FET ended in CP | 12/17 - 2nd FET ... BFP!!! <3 EDD: 09/09/18

    Our little miracle is finally here!


    nlc8424
  • @BusinessWife you could also bring some freezer bags with you in case you pumped extra and needed to pump into the bottles. I know you were hoping to stay away from plastic, but if you just used some freezer bags as a back up plan that shouldn't be too bad.

    BostonBaby1BusinessWifespottedginger
  • @BusinessWife I like the joovy bottles a lot. I never pumped into them but those are the only ones we ever used for feeding. I second @nlc8424 - just keep a couple freezer bags or kiinde bags with your spare pump parts in an office drawer or in your pump bag in case of emergency.  We did end up using the larger bottles, but because we were supplementing and got to larger oz feeds (bm increases calories over time so you don’t need the same volume increase to get to needed calories like you do with formula). 
    BusinessWifeSkilledSailornlc8424
  • Thank you for sharing this! My youngest is almost 9, so I didn't know about these new systems that will make keeping up with pumping so much easier!
    EErin86
  • @BusinessWife We never needed more than the 4 oz bottles for feeding, and that size always worked for me for pumping, so I'd stick with those and only get the bigger ones later on if you find you need them. I used different bottles for pumping and for feeding, too. I brought 4 bottles to work for pumped milk (I was only working part-time last time, too); I had a couple of freezer bags stored in my pumping bag as backup, but I never needed them. I rarely worked 8 hour days at that point, either, so # of pumping sessions might change that a bit. I would pump into 2 bottles, then pour that together into 1. Then next time I'd pump into 2 again. Depending on whether I was doing a 3rd pumping session (usually not), I could combine those and still have 2 bottles to pump into (I'd have to rinse/wash at least one at that point, but that was easy enough).

    I always just froze the milk I'd pumped and kept rotating through my stashed supply. I did usually pump some extra, so it made more sense to me to just keep freezing and using the oldest. Plus, I wasn't working every day so it was simpler for me to just get it into the freezer and pull some out when I needed it instead of keeping track of how much I had used and how old it was and all that.

    2/13 Blighted ovum, D&C -- 6/13 MC -- 8/14 DD born -- 3/17 MC;
    Expecting another rainbow! EDD 9/2/18
    nlc8424BusinessWife
  • How many breastmilk storage bag does one need? I registered for 100. Is that too many, not enough, or good enough to get started? I have no idea. :confused:
    Me: 34 | DH: 33
    Married Aug. 2013
    TTC #1 Sep. 2016
    ***TW***
    BFP Jan. 15, 2017; MMC Mar. 4, 2017 at 10w6d
    BFP Jun. 5, 2017; MMC Aug. 2, 2017 at 11w6d
    BFP Nov. 20, 2017; ended in CP
    All the tests. Everything normal except treated for ureaplasma and DH potentially has high DNAF.
    BFP Dec. 25, 2017; EDD Sep. 5, 2018; DD arrived Aug. 26th
    My chart: https://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/63f71d


    SkilledSailorBusinessWifespottedginger
  • @starla that's good enough to get started and not too many in case you don't like the brand you get!

    starlaBusinessWifespottedginger
  • @starla Oh man! Good question!! 

    Follow-up question. When you get a breast pump from insurance, I know it comes with all the parts but does it also come with some freezer bags or bottles to pump into?

    Me: 28   H:30
    TTC #1 Since 5/17
    BFP 7/14/17 - CP
    RE Dx: MFI, Unilateral Tubal Blockage
    12/17 - Clomid + TI
    BFP 12/22/17 - EDD 9/3/18
    BusinessWifestarla
  • @SkilledSailor my spectra came with two small four or five ounce bottles, just to pump into. But you would still need some other kind of bags or other freezer storage solution for your stash.
    Me: 35 | DH: 42 ~ TTC May 2015 thru Dec 2017
    5/16 - Began Creighton Method CM Tracking / Napro Fertility Medicine | Progesterone + various abx cycles - all BFNs
    8/16 - SHG: ute good, at least one tube open | 10/16 - MFI Azoo dx confirmed. No known genetic cause. Vas deferens absent.
    3/17 - DH started Clomid to prepare for MESA/TESE | 4/17 - Initial RE Consult for me. | 7/17 - Successful retrieval for DH!
    9/17 - Two BTB IVFs  | 10/17 - Polypectomy  |  11/17 - 1st FET ended in CP | 12/17 - 2nd FET ... BFP!!! <3 EDD: 09/09/18

    Our little miracle is finally here!


    SkilledSailornlc8424spottedgingerEErin86
  • Oh man! Good question!! 

    Follow-up question. When you get a breast pump from insurance, I know it comes with all the parts but does it also come with some freezer bags or bottles to pump into?
    Mine came with two bottles to pump into last time. And I ended up with two freebies from somewhere that also had the flat lids for storing milk (I think they’re Nuk). I think most pumps come with two bottles.

    2/13 Blighted ovum, D&C -- 6/13 MC -- 8/14 DD born -- 3/17 MC;
    Expecting another rainbow! EDD 9/2/18
    SkilledSailorBusinessWife
  • @SkilledSailor My insurance is so cheap I literally got a PISA in a box. Just the pump, power cord, and one set of tubing/valves. I had to purchase bottles separately (which I had in advance and was so glad I did). 
    nlc8424BusinessWife
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