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Help with expressing milk for an afternoon out of town

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delilah88 Thu 27-Dec-12 15:49:07

I have an EBF 2 month year old. When she's 2.5 months I have to go out of town for a day and am hoping to leave enough expressed milk for her dad to feed her. Firstly, could anyone tell me of a good expressing kit to buy (pump & bags/bottles), and secondly could you give me some advice on how to build up the milk. Do you think I should start now and freeze it, or will I be able to build up enough milk stored in the fridge before it starts going off?
Thanks!

milkjetmum Thu 27-Dec-12 16:05:25

You will need to keep 1oz for every hour you will be away.

I was on a mission with storage (went away 3 days when dd was 5mo). My tips are:
- express in the morning from now until then, just do a set time, don't sit there staring at the pump waiting for a certain volume. Some days you'll get lots, somedays now. I used to use a manual pump for 10 mins the first two feeds of the day while feeding on the otherside.
- if you are leaky consider getting nipple shields to collect (I used to get 1oz+ each side in the time it took me to do dd nappy before feeding her first thing!)
- check dd will take a bottle! Maybe introduce one a day between now and then?
- don't fear the ff if required. Frozen bm is perfect for cooling down hot formula before feeding. We called it a shandy!

milkjetmum Thu 27-Dec-12 16:05:25

You will need to keep 1oz for every hour you will be away.

I was on a mission with storage (went away 3 days when dd was 5mo). My tips are:
- express in the morning from now until then, just do a set time, don't sit there staring at the pump waiting for a certain volume. Some days you'll get lots, somedays now. I used to use a manual pump for 10 mins the first two feeds of the day while feeding on the otherside.
- if you are leaky consider getting nipple shields to collect (I used to get 1oz+ each side in the time it took me to do dd nappy before feeding her first thing!)
- check dd will take a bottle! Maybe introduce one a day between now and then?
- don't fear the ff if required. Frozen bm is perfect for cooling down hot formula before feeding. We called it a shandy!

TeaandHobnobs Thu 27-Dec-12 21:01:58

Have a look at the kellymom notes on storing expressed milk and there's also a page on calculating how much milk your baby needs (although the 1oz/hr is a good guideline anyway).

I agree you should have a go with the bottle before you need it, IYSWIM, so you can be confident DD will take it (although if worst comes to the worst, her dad could cup feed her).

I would say best to express first thing in the morning, maybe off one side while DD feeds from the other? And freeze in small portions (1-2oz, which may be all you get in one go anyway) so that when it is going to be used, you don't end up defrosting large amounts of milk that then don't get drunk (I have done the annoying stupid thing of defrosting 8oz of milk for DS when I was away from him for half a day, and he drank 1oz of it hmm)

DS was introduced to a bottle early on, but only small amounts (<20ml) for the purpose of supplement taking, and it took him a while to get the hang of taking a full feed from the bottle, so your DD might not be able to drink a whole bottle at first.

Re kit: pump depends on your budget and needs - only occasionally / small budget, a hand pump (I used the tommee tippee one to start with) should be fine, or in fact hand expressing once you get the hang of it! If you have a bit more cash to splash, and intend to express quite a bit, an electric pump is amazing - I moved on to the Ameda Lactaline double pump, and it has been fab.

There are so many bottles to choose from. We use NUK teats - the latex ones particularly were recommended by our hospital SCBU as they encourage the same mechanism as breastfeeding and the latex feels similar to skin. However people will recommend all sorts! I store milk in the tommee tippee storage pots.

Hope that was useful and not too much waffle!! blush good luck and hope it goes well smile

SweepTheHalls Thu 27-Dec-12 21:06:04

I used to put in an extra feed during the morning nap. So when he went to sleep, I'd use a Phillips avent electric pump, watch half an hour of crap daytime telly and express! Initially I got bugger all, but it increased as my body treated it like an extra feed and I would make a full extra feed for freezing! Good luck.

delilah88 Fri 28-Dec-12 08:56:41

These replies are so useful! Thank you so much for putting in the time to write.

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