Looking for some advice learned from a first time mom and her breastfeeding experience? Keep reading to discover new terms I never heard before, products I loved to help store breastmilk and even my system for storing it in my freezer!
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Once my daughter arrived, I received some great hands on advice (literally HANDS ON) from the lactation consultants at the hospital and thus began my breastfeeding experience. We had a few hiccups at first but once I read up about block feeding, snackers and cluster feeding at night, we were on our way to full tummies! I’m happy to report that at almost ten months, we still going strong and much of this experience was thanks to Lansinoh and their breastfeeding support products!
The first few days can be the most demanding on a mother’s body. I used the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream to help relieve any immediate pain I had from her eating and help heal my body. I was glad to read that you can apply it on yourself and still feed the baby. It isn’t poison or a toxic substance you’re putting on a surface where they eat! When she wasn’t eating, I used the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads to help protect my clothes from any leaks between feeds.
At 3 weeks, I began to use my electric breast pump and started pumping a stash of milk that I planned to freeze and bottle feed in later weeks/months. The Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags were key to creating the stash I still maintain today. Tip: Keep a Sharpie right where you keep the bags so you’re never in search of one when you need it. After pumping, squeeze out all the air from the bag (better than I did in my example photo above) and label the date and measurements.
Take your bag and bring it to your freezer to build your stash. Here’s how mine is set up in four stages:
- Stage 1: Last milk pumped – lay the bag down flat until it is frozen. We have a grate in our freezer so I use the information tag that came with our freezer as a surface to get a flat shape.
- Stage 2: Bag I’m currently filling – after it’s frozen, the milk goes in a Ziploc bag that I have laying on its side. I alternate the labels facing in and out so they stack together better (the whole ‘laying flat’ first stage isn’t really perfect!)
- Stage 3: Additional bags – once a bag is full, zip it up and place a note inside labeling it 2,3,4 etc.
- Stage 4: Dispensing System – this where the oldest milk is and thus the first you should use to feed. I use a dispensing system similar to the one seen on this blog but with a box instead of a bag. And yes it’s labeled “BOOBIE MILK” for my husband’s enjoyment every time he opens the freezer. :)
Lastly I have a SPREADSHEET! (everyone who knows me in real life is now going “of course she does!”) I use my Google doc spreadsheet to keep track of the date and ounces of each bag. It gives me a sum so I know how many ounces are in there at any time and I can easily delete a row when I take the bag out to feed.