A research article from 2006 on breast milk storage including thawing & refreezing, shows if the milk is thawed under certain circumstances it CAN be refrozen. Just wanted to share this with any moms experiencing power outages and worrying about losing their freezer stash.
It's tough to be superwoman all the time. Pumping, washing breast pump parts, and oh yeah taking care of that beautiful new baby!
Don't isolate yourself when you're pumping (well, unless you want sneak 20 minutes of alone time!). When you're pumping, have you're little one near by to play with or feed.
Not only have you have fun bonding with baby and passed the pumping time. Have your baby there and making you happy is going to help decrease stress and increase in oxytocin, which means.... more milk!
Most spouses aren't going to understand completely what you're going through when you're balancing taking care of baby and pumping. That's why it's important to talk about the importance of breast milk with your spouse and why you want to pump breast milk. Showing your spouse why this is so important to you will help them understand and provide support for your decision.
Talk about why you're pumping. This is also very helpful, when a mom decides to exclusively pump because you will run into questions and comments from others like... Are you breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is so much easier, Pumping is SO much more work etc, why don't you just use formula? Decide how you want to respond to these questions in advance, remember its up to you to decide what you want to reveal. Some moms simply answer "my baby gets breast milk" while others choose to provide in-depth explanations of why they chose to pump and the importance of breast milk. It's important to let your spouse know your feelings and responses to this question in case they encounter them and so they can show support when they're with you and you're asked questions.
Tell your spouse how he can be helpful and make pumping easier for you - taking night time feedings, washing pump parts, etc. Many spouses want to be supportive or helpful but don't know how.
The most important part is to communicate! With a new baby, less sleep, and plenty of changes happening in your house this is no time to assume your spouse has mind-reading capabilities.
Yes, if you give your baby a bottle of breast milk and they don't finish the bottle, you may leave the bottle out and offer it again within 2 hours. Some may argue this is just a rule for formula and not breast milk, we recommend throwing the bottle out after 2 hours because bacteria from saliva can for in the nipple of the bottle.
If the bottle has been heated or warmed, you need to use the bottle or toss the unused amount after 2 hours. Do NOT put the bottle back in the refrigerator.
When to start adding in pumps if you are going back to work is really up to the mom and what her milk/feeding plan is ideally. I say "ideally" because we all know baby runs the show!
Exclusively Pumping Blog
for those who choose to pump exclusively or pump because they can't breastfeed...this blog is for you!