Question From A First Time Mom

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c_baer19 - February 16

I'm most likely going to pump exclusively - I'm halfway through my pregnancy - and was wondering from those of you who already have done this, what's a good little "starter checklist" for things I need to get? As in, around how many bottles should I get? Do I keep the milk in those bags I've seen, or are there other ways? Please share any advice you have, I am pretty clueless on this one. =)

 

Kristin72 - February 16

I would try the Dr.Browns bottles get 2 of the packs of 3~4oz bottles or 120ml.So a total of 6 bottles. These bottles are much much better than the advent in my opinion. They have slower flow (like b___st flow and less air is taken in by the way they are designed. My baby has used these and seems to love them with not as much gas or spit up afterwards. My brothers wife also used them for her twins who are bottle fed babies. I would also get a sterilizer. Buy the specialized bags to freeze your milk in or double bag them in the freezer in ziplock bags. Pump after each feeding and store pumped milk bottles in fridge and when they have cooled put them all together and either use or freeze in 4oz increments so as not to wasted any precious milk. I received a bottle warmer which I have yet to use. I also received 2 advent starter kits and the nipples were big and they flow far to quickly. Others may like them but this has worked for me very well. Just another tip..my b___st fed baby also uses a pacifier very successfully and I had to get her the latex ones by NUK because the plastic nipples are less like the b___st and she rejected them. P.S. my baby is 10 weeks :)

 

Kristin72 - February 16

P.S. All of the stuff I mentioned is available at ToysRUS (BabiesRUS)

 

Kristin72 - February 16

Oh and I have heard the Madela dual electric pump is very good. I personally have the one by "The First Years" It is a dual electric pump with travel bag and can be plugged in or battery operated I think it is great! Take Care

 

c_baer19 - February 16

The pump I'm looking into getting is that Medela dual electric pump advanced, I think my insurance should cover most of it. This sounds like a silly question, but with the b___st milk I freeze, when I go to use it, do I just.. thaw it out? I've heard the bottle warmers are helpful, never seen one used before though.

 

c_baer19 - February 16

What I meant was, thaw it out in the fridge.

 

c_baer19 - February 16

Oh and also, I checked out those bottles online, would you say that type of bottle is better than a disposable liner type of bottle? Those were the kind I was thinking about using, but then, what do I know - LOL.

 

Kristin72 - February 17

I am not too familiar with the liner type..but I guess you could express the milk into the bags and freeze them that way and thaw them out that way too. If I plan in using frozen milk i thaw it out overnight in the fridge and when I give it to my baby I warm it in a bowl of hot water. or i just run the bag under hot water..paying close attention not to make it too warm i test it on my wrist. If you do not have time to thaw it out in the fridge run the bag under hot water. Microwaving b___st milk is a no-no and i have heard bottle warmers are for formula more so as they too can kill the immunities in b___st milk. Asell,do not shake b___st milk too vigorously, as this can kill some of the immune boosters too...instead just swish it around to get the fatty layer to mix with rest of the watery milk.

 

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