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Breastfeeding supplies needed if you will pump at work

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Another registry-oriented question... I am planning to go back to work at around 5 months of baby's age and plan to be pumping with a Medela Pump In Style (yay affordable care act - insurance is paying for it). So I'll be getting the pump and carrying case and the couple of breast milk storage containers that come with it.

 

Being a clueless newbie, I don't know how many bottles and other things I'll need so the baby can be fed when I'm at work during the day.

 

Anyone have recommendations for bottle brands and quantities needed? 

post #2 of 27
Not from personal experience, but my friends convinced me for the Tommy Tippee bottles because they claim the design better mimics the latch and flow of a real breast so baby doesn't get "bottle confusion.
post #3 of 27

The Tommy Tippie (or what ever it's called) does NOT have a slow flow like the breast and has a constant drip so there's no work required to get the milk out.  You need a bottle that requires the baby to actually suck to get the milk.  I like the Dr Brown's bottles and used those when L was drinking expressed BM.  She didn't learn to nurse until she was 14 weeks old, so I pumped round the clock for 14 weeks and was so thankful that she learned to nurse when she did!!  Of course at 5 months you shouldn't have to worry about nipple confusion either because by then your baby should be proficient at nursing and know the difference.  Also, you should start pumping several weeks before returning to work so you can figure out all the in's and out's of your pump and how much milk you'll be producing at work so that you can be prepared to store that much on a daily basis.  It'll be GREAT and you can totally do this!!

 

BTW, where do you live and what insurance do you have that does that.  Maybe I should call my insurance company.  With L since I had to pump more than 3 times a day I needed a hospital grade pump so I had to rent one even though I have an Ameda Purley Yours (similar to what you have) and I was told by LC that it was not made to work as hard as the number of times I was pumping daily.

 

Good luck to you mama
 

post #4 of 27

Not speaking from experience, but they have a new design for the avent bottles that is more like the breast too. I have liked avent products, so I'm guessing it would be decent. And it appears they have the bottle in bpa free glass or plastic

 

I have owned the old style bottles, but didn't find them good for my breastfed baby to have an occasional bottle. We ended up using them when he was 9+ months for a bit though and they were good.

post #5 of 27

Thanks Ellis for posting this! I was wondering the same thing! I have the Medela Dual electric pump. But, no idea of what to do lol

One of my friends suggested going to the local La Leche League meeting, as there will be plenty of people to help out with it and who have experience. I have not gone yet, they only meet once a month here and I was sick last month. 

 

But, I was also wondering about the bottle to get etc. Also, how to freeze it and how often a day you should pump etc. 

post #6 of 27
If you plan on pumping while at work and exclusively nursing while at home then you should pump every 3-4 hours while at work so that your supply does not drop. Also, you will probably get less from the pump than your baby is actually taking in. Babies tend to be more effective nursers than a pump is at pumping!! Also, you can put each feed into a refrigerated container and once they're all cold you can combine them into less containers if necessary. I preferred freezer bags and once I got the number of ounces in a bag that I wanted I would seal up and lay flat to freeze. Make sure to put the date and number of ounces on each bag. And in the beginning you may only get 2 ounces from each (or less) breast at each session. If you need to freeze a small amount you can. It's up to you. I also agree that you should meet with an LC to see how he horns should fit your breast/nipples and they also make different sizes based on nipple size. I would be more than happy to answer Ny more questions that come up, although I'm hoping and praying I don't have to pump this time around smile.gif
post #7 of 27

One thing that I know you can do is use those ice cube trays for babies to freeze your milk in cubes to have more control over how much you thaw out at once. I did that with baby food. Works good. I have these ones. I don't know how well it will work. Just a thought. - Once the cubes are frozen you transfer them into ziplock freezer bags.

post #8 of 27
Oh Tenk I hear you on the EPing until baby learned to latch; I did it for 10 weeks and couldn't believe how liberating direct nursing felt!
I hated the dr brown bottles, they took forever to wash with all their little crevices. They were also narrow neck which isn't good for nursing babies since they don't have to open wide. I used the Avent bottles and liked them much better, they had the newborn nipple which was quite slow and they were MUCH easier to clean (and were wide neck). Make sure you take a spin through www.kellymom.com and specifically this section http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ on bottle feeding the nursing baby. I'd even provide a copy for the DCP and discuss this in detail to ensure that the nursing relationship isnt jeopardized inadvertantly while you are apart from baby.
There's one bottle on the market that's supposed to closely mimic breastfeeding since it doesn't drip and baby has to work for every ml of EBM. It's called the medela calma I think and although expensive, I'd certainly try one if possible. Even babiesrus carries them and they aren't hard to find. If you plan to return to work around 5 months of age, I'd also recommend introducing a paci once nursing is well established so that DCP has an alternate tool for soothing baby and isn't tempted to over feed. HTH
post #9 of 27
I've never heard of that bottle, but great advice!! I used the wide neck/mouth Dr. Browns bottles not the narrow so it forced her mouth to open more.

I used the ice cube trays for baby food and the separated veggies into one bag and fruit into another. Now the only reason I wouldn't do that with breast milk is because you can't keep up with dates then and really should be using the oldest milk first and if all of them are together that's impossible.

For me, personally, I was able to pump WAY more than she was ever able to eat and I ended up with over 500 ounces in the freezer. There wasn't a milk bank anywhere that would take it because I was on pain medication after my c section and anti depressants because of PPD and PTSD. So after some time we ended up thawing and dumping. In the fridge milk is good for about 2 days (maybe longer, I forget) and in the regular freezer about 4 months, but in a deep freeze its about 10 months. So dates are very important mamas smile.gif
post #10 of 27
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So dates are very important mamas smile.gif

 

Very true, I was thinking of what was pumped for a few days or up to a week being kept together after freezing. But, yeah mark the dates. 

post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 

What an amazing wealth of information you guys have to share! Thank you so much! I looked at Tommy Tippee bottles at the store and they were cute - I think they're British and I'm a sucker for British products. And I'm sure they get their positive reviews.

 

But based on input so far, I think I'll start with putting Avent, Medela Calma and Dr Brown's wide neck on my registry and see what the baby likes. I was reading one of the Target registry brochures and they actually recommended starting by registering for just a few bottles, different brands, to see what works for the baby after it is born. And then buying more of the right kind. I thought that was a nice mild dose of anti-consumerism from the king of consumerism, Target. 

 

Tenk, thank you much for your encouragement!! Yay, I can do it.

 

Oh and I started going to my regional La Leche League meetings. Great great great info shared there!

 

Another question... once I start baby on bottles of pumped milk and am back at work FT, how many bottles in total might I need??? No more than 6 to get through one day then wash them every night? Or more than that?

post #12 of 27

I would personally have more than 6 bottles on hand, you never know what's going to happen.  Mommyhood, babies, and day to day use are so unpredictable that only having 6 might not work.  Just an example, I've left sippy cups sitting on tables in restaurants MORE times than I care to remember.  Things fall out of diaper bags, or break or what ever.  So baby might only take 6 while you're at work but you might want 8 available just in case baby is having a growth spurt and takes more than day.  Or if it's defrosted and baby decides not to eat right then, it might go bad and you need a back up.  Also, you WILL have a day where you just can't muster the energy to wash bottles one night, and you might need a few back ups just in case there too.  Just my 2 cents on that :)
 

post #13 of 27
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The Tommy Tippie (or what ever it's called) does NOT have a slow flow like the breast and has a constant drip so there's no work required to get the milk out.  

 

 

Like I said, it wasn't a recommendation from personal experience but from that of a close friend. I just checked online for this though, since I am registered for these and planning on buying them, and the company website at least does say they are slow-flow and "mimic the breast" in a few ways. Was it your experience with them that proved this false advertising? Or what? I am just curious because they are NOT cheap and I haven't gotten them yet, so I'd like to know! :) 

post #14 of 27
Yep, personal experience. Afterwards I called the company and asked about the amount of milk that was continuing to drip from the nipple. The lady wanted to verify thy I was using the 1 (or slowest flow) and I confirmed that I was. Afterwards he told me that they were designed to be slow flow and there was no way to change how fast it was dripping and suggested I return them to the store of purchase for a refund. To which I happily agreed. L choked very easily and these bottles just couldn't accommodate her needs of slow flow.
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 

Tenk, to answer a question you posed earlier about how my insurance is paying for the medela pump - if you are in the U.S. and have health insurance, it is likely that your insurer is now required to pay for a breast pump for you. This is due to a new provision in the Affordable Care Act ("obamacare") and went into effect this year. Lots of discussion in other mothering groups about this. Definitely check it out!

post #16 of 27
Well! Thanks for sharing. I'll look into the Dr.Browns this week. What should it look like then, if the bottle is flipped? No flow without suction?
post #17 of 27

It should have a VERY slow drip to no drip at all.  Maybe see how many seconds you can count in between each drip, and the longer it takes the better.  The TT was seriously like drip drip drip drip with no seconds in between.
 

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Eilis View Post

Tenk, to answer a question you posed earlier about how my insurance is paying for the medela pump - if you are in the U.S. and have health insurance, it is likely that your insurer is now required to pay for a breast pump for you. This is due to a new provision in the Affordable Care Act ("obamacare") and went into effect this year. Lots of discussion in other mothering groups about this. Definitely check it out!


I'm calling mine now to see how to get one :)

post #19 of 27

OMG, I just called them and they're sending me an Ameda Purely Yours double electric breast pump!!  It's the one that I bought myself a few years back when I HAD to return to work :)

 

Thanks for the info ladies!!
 

post #20 of 27
Can you only get one if you are working?
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