Originally Posted by Jessimaca
Breastfeeding was a HUGE deal to me. Having a nursing relationship was the number 1 thing I hoped for--
Jessimaca, I don't work with other moms/babies on breastfeeding, but I really related with the emotions in your post. Breastfeeding was so important to me and I definitely grieved the loss of what I expected I would have.
Originally Posted by clairebear3
So how does everyone handle the logistics of pumping and storing milk? I ended up throwing away 80ml of milk which is awful when i'm already supplementing!
clairebear3, I remember spilling some milk and bursting into tears and my DP said "it's ok, I'll clean it up" and I remember snapping back and saying "You don't understand how hard I'm working for this and then to have to lose it and throw it away is SO frustrating!" to you.
After I pumped, I immediately put the milk in the fridge or in a cooler. We set up a queue of milk bottles in the fridge. The queue was on the top shelf. The front of the queue was at the right side of the fridge, at the front of the fridge. The queue went backwards to the back of the fridge and then partway along the back of the fridge. When I would pump, I put the milk at the back of the queue and when our daughter was hungry, we'd take the milk from the front of the queue. Having this worked really well for us because we always knew which was the newer milk and which was the older milk. The only things was that about once a day, we'd have to scoot the bottles up; we joked that it would be helpful to have a little conveyor belt in the fridge!
At first, I marked one bottle to see how quickly it took us to get to it and found that I was getting to things within 4 days, so I knew it was all fine. I was lucky, at times, to pump more than my daughter was eating, so if I noticed the queue was getting a bit long, then I would freeze the milk at my next pump.
We never fed our daughter milk at fridge temperature, we always heated it up. We had a bottle warmer that was great, but sadly is no longer produced (I think because it didn't get things very hot...of course I thought that was a bonus!). However, if we were away from home, we just heated the bottle in warm water. I first did that when I was visiting my mom and we used a bowl and filled it with hot tap water and stuck the bottle in that. My DP then got the idea of a travel mug. We found one that we already had, which was wider in width then the bottle, but also fit in the end pouch of our diaper bag and just took that everywhere. If we were at someone's house, we could fill it with warm tap water. And at restaurants or out doing errands, we never had a problem when we asked for warm water in the travel mug, if we explained it was to heat our daughter's milk.
If you have more questions about storing or heating, just ask; I can go on and on about this stuff.
Also, I found a post I wrote a while back with some thoughts on EPing and I wanted to link to it in case it's helpful to anyone: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1129895/ep-tips-and-tricks#post_14331576