Milkmaids!

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by user63, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    @CoolWife are you using the “brick” storage method? Freezing the bags completely flat in even numbers (like 5oz bags) and then grouping them in large ziplocks so it totals 50oz and forms a brick? It can save space that way.
     
  2. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I did this and also stored like Moose described.
     
  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Yes @moose we are, mostly. I freeze it flat in 6oz bags and then stand them on end in bins. On top of that we put ziplocks of more.
    @Comet that’s looking like what I’ll do. Plus maybe drop a pump. If I can still get 30oz pumping 6 times then I’m happy with that.
    I just asked at the milk room and I have 8 bins with about 90 bottles each. 32,000ml. :eek:
     
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  4. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Thanks Google, that’s about 8.5 gallons in bottles that hold less than 3oz. Doesn’t seem like that much for as much of my life as it took to produce, but also fuck that’s a lot of bottles.
     
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  5. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I should not have calculated how many gallons of milk I pumped last year. :lol:
     
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  6. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Well... that’s it then. I’m not completely sure how I feel about it.
     
  7. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    It’s bittersweet and freeing and sad and relief and nostalgia and everything in between. And that’s ok. <3
     
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  8. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Good Jeff Goldblum I am starving. I had two pop tarts and a frapp at like 6:30 and 3 hours later imma chew my arm off. Breakfast better hurry.
    C2 is way more into eating than C1 ever was, so yay. He’ll nurse for up to 30min after his bottle. A little frustrating because he still can’t even come close to it without a shield, but whatever. And they want him on fortified feeds for 6wks+ after we leave. Which means pumping and mixing and ugh I don’t wanna. It’s short term, it’s not forever, I just keep telling myself. But then I’m left with the same dilemma. Maintain a supply, for how long and how much? I don’t want to buy another freezer but if he’s taking 10oz and I’m pumping 40+ it’s going to be full next week, not counting all the stuff here.
     
  9. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Damn, that's awesome output though. How much total is he taking per day, BM and formula combined? Not considering whatever he gets from nursing of course. Maybe you could drop one of your pumps at least? I think I remember you saying you can't donate because of a med you're on, right?
     
  10. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Correct on the not donating. I’m pumping 5-6 times a day now. I’d expect my output to go down because I just went down from 7, but not yet. Right now he’s usually taking 1.5oz every 3 hours. So like 12oz a day.
    I think I’ll just ask an LC to stop by later. Hopefully it’s not the woman who told me to pump more! Longer! Power pump! Like ok but now...
     
  11. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    That’s really stressful, Rico. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with that on top of everything.
     
  12. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    @Rico Suave many ERs are at low census right now because people are afraid to go. Also, most hospitals and urgent cares are screening for covid and separating patients who may have it from those who are screening negative. Hopefully that helps bring the anxiety down some. <3
     
  13. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    We had to go to the ER Sunday morning for C (he is fine), and they do have a lot of safeguards in place. They screened us outside - only one parent (me) could go with him and I had to wear a mask. They moved us into a private room immediately even though there was barely anyone else there. They did all testing and X-rays in that room so we didnt have to move about the hospital. I didn't see another patient the whole time we were there either. I understand the anxiety though. He needed to go, but it was definitely nerve wracking. I hope that you get in & out quickly and get some relief asap.
     
  14. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I'm sorry, Rico. I hope the ER treatment clears it up and that this is the last of your mastitis :sad:
     
  15. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Ugh everything about that is my fear right now. I hope you get in and out safely and quickly, and that your mastitis resolves ASAP.
     
  16. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    @Rico Suave I’m so sorry you’re going through that. Mastitis is so awful already, but to get it twice and with all the other circumstances, it’s too much.

    @Comet Sorry you had to go in but I’m very glad to hear C is okay and that they were so safe. I’ve been processing a lot of fear about hospitals and getting sick/preterm labor/something happening to E lately so it does help to hear how many safeguards they had in place when you went.
     
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  17. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    I hope you’ve been and you’re back and resting up! So sorry you’re dealing with this especially now. Even in normal times mastitis is awful.
     
  18. user63

    user63 Chicken

    I'm sorry rico :sad: I hope it was an in and out process that involved minimal people.
     
  19. Comet

    Comet Instigator

  20. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I'm glad you're ok and hope the pain goes away ASAP <3
     
  21. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Glad to hear it wasn't too bad and hope you start feeling a ton better soon!
     
  22. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Man that’s rough. Hope that did the trick and the new drugs have you better quick.
     
  23. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Hope you feel better soon Rico!!
     
  24. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    Glad you are on the mend Rico!

    Today is my official last day nursing L and it’s so bittersweet. I’m happy to be moving forward with IVF again and so eager to be pregnant again, but I’ve just really enjoyed this experience with her and I’m sad to be done. We made it 20 months and a day!
     
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  25. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    @Kimmers great job mama! It is definitely bittersweet but I promise you’ll miss it more than L. I also weaned around then because we wanted to try for baby #2 and it’s an exciting reason to wean!
     
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