Milkmaids!

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Apples&Oranges, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I think I may have figured out the problem. In addition to not sleeping, he has been wanting to nurse constantly. I hadn't pumped since Wednesday since I was out of work with C Thursday & Friday. Also had my second postpartum period last week which I'm sure impacted my supply. My first pump back at work today only yielded 3oz and normal for this pump is 5-6oz. I think I've been starving my poor baby. :cry:
     
  2. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Poor C! Here’s hoping you both can get some sleep tonight.
     
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  3. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Aw, poor baby :sad: his constant nursing might have lessened the supply that your pump could pull, maybe? Like if he was nursing more often through the night, then he maybe drained you more by morning, if that makes sense. But you can always supplement a couple oz of ready feed while you wait for your supply to go back up.
     
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  4. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    Does anyone have recommendations on a great milk storage system? I’ve been using the medela bags but they leak like crazy. RIP liquid boob gold.
     
  5. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I have purchased almost 1000 of the Gland bags and as of yet not a single one had leaked. I love them. They are thick and I love that I can tear the spout to pour. Downside: use something else to measure as the tick marks are off and they’re only resealable if you use the top part. I freeze in 2-3oz amounts and they work really well for those.
     
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  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I used the Nuk bags because they were cheap, but never had a problem with leaking. Also someone gave me some Target bags and those worked fine when I used them, too. The marks on all of them are way off, I always measured in a bottle and poured it in.
    If anyone uses the small Medela 2oz containers, I have over 100 I'd be happy to share with you.
     
  7. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I had maybe 2 or 3 leaks in my BFing lifetime using the lashinoh bags.
     
  8. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I also used the lanisoh bags and they didn’t leak from what I could tell.
     
  9. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    They're kind of pricey, but I pump straight into the kiinde bags, and no leakage. They have screw on tops.
     
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  10. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Target Up & Up bags leaked like crazy when I defrosted, FYI. I don't remember having any issues with Lanisoh. Those Gland bags look cool.
     
  11. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    This is what I’ve used and liked! Also liked you could pump right into them!
     
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  12. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I didnt like Kiinde bags because they were hard to measure accurately and they didnt stack as easily in the freezer. They were definitely convenient though. I'd keep them at work as backup for when I inevitably forgot to bring enough pump bottles.
     
  13. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I've used both Medela and Lansinoh bags with no issues. I don't freeze more than 4oz in a single bag and I thaw bags upright in a plastic container to avoid leakage. When I thaw milk, I just cut the bags open right below the zipper part and pour into bottles - I find that easier to avoid spills.

    Eta: I do what CW did too - measure in a bottle first, then pour into bag.
     
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  14. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I feel like every milk bag has measurements that are way off. I’ve never found something that matched my graduated cylinder exactly.
     
  15. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    We have a small kitchen scale that is great for a quick accurate measurement and I just wrote in sharpie on the bag
     
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  16. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I generally measure in the storage bottles rather than the bags. But if i pump into a bag like I do for the kiinde bags, i dont want to have to dump it out to measure it in a bottle, kwim?
     
  17. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I pump directly into the bags with the Maymom clips that hold the bags. I usually use Spectra for pumping so no idea if there’s an option for the Medela pumps. I loved the look of the Kiinde but that was pricy for pumping 4 or more times per day.
     
  18. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    So I think it’s time to drop a pumping session but agh, my body is a creature of deeply felt habits and does not want to wait even an hour past normal pumping time (even if I routinely go longer stretches overnight).
     
  19. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    How do you know when to drop one/how do I drop one?
     
  20. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I need to start weaning and I just really don’t want to. *whine*
     
  21. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    @moose So currently with the amount of solids he is eating, he is drinking about 50% of the milk I produce, so I am freezing a ton each day. Currently I pump 4x per day (no nursing) at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM (usually shorter than the other sessions), and right before bed at 9 PM. I’m working to move the 11:30 pump session further back so it’s roughly halfway between morning and nighttime pumping and just drop 5 minutes at a time for the evening pump.

    My supply is pretty stable at pumping between 100-120 minutes each day which works out to 20-30 minutes per pump. I’m not sure what will happen if I’m down to 70-90 minutes per day.

    I’ll probably be uncomfortable at first and will have to increase the amount of sunflower lecithin for a bit, but I can make it 10 hours between pumping (weekends if kid let’s us sleep in). I would like to be down to pumping 2x per day (morning and night) starting next year just because it makes life easier even if it means goodbye to my work sanctuary.

    I dropped the overnight pumping session around the 3-month mark. He started sleeping through the night and I have an oversupply issue, so between keeping my freezer from overflowing and getting more sleep, that was my priority. I get mastitis any time I slack off on the sunflower lecithin. On the plus side, I did not have postpartum hair loss, possibly from the extra oil (or so my stylist tells me). But I went cold turkey with that one. You’re supposed to start gradually increasing the time between a session and the next and keep all others the same.
     
  22. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    @moose honestly I started dropping sessions when I felt like I needed to for my own sanity but I was EPing. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong time. Echoing what Magcat said, just gradually increase the amount of time between sessions.
     
  23. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Yeah, as soon as I read the magic “120 minutes per day” I was like fuck this, I am not pumping 8x per day. I was pumping 6x per day within the first month and down to 5x by 6 weeks. If my supply had tanked then, I was willing to supplement with formula since we already did that overnight rather than wait to warm a bottle. Basically a brief pros and cons.
     
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  24. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    For me, I EP'd, and every pump I dropped seemed to eventually drop my supply down 10 oz or so. It also took me forever to wean.
     
  25. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    Ughhh def can’t drop a session yet then because my supply is already just enough (24oz/day)