L.N. asks from Carrollton, TX on March 27, 2008
Breast Milk Storage and Adiri Bottles When I Go Back to Work
I'm almost 7 months pregnant, and I am planning to breastfeed. When I go back to work after the baby is born, I plan to pump during the day so he can take breastmilk in a bottle at daycare. My question is about how to store my milk and which bottle to use. I have registered for the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Pump which comes with 2 small Medela bottles. Should I pump into those or do I have the option to pump into something else - something better? Also, I attended a breastfeeding class and the lactation consultant recommended Adiri Natural Nurser bottles because the nipples are most like feeding from the breast. These bottles are BPA free which is important to me. They have mixed reviews though. The biggest complaint seems to be leaks when you are filling the bottle with milk. I can't tell if it leaks when the baby is feeding or not. OK - so here's my 3 questions - 1 - how should I store my pumped milk? 2 - what bottles should I use to feed him the expressed milk? 3 - What do you think about Adiri bottles? TIA for you experience and help!
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Wow, so many responses. Thanks, moms. So, it sounds like I have made a good choice on the pump and will plan to pump into the madela bottles and the freezer bags if needed. Regarding the bottle, I am going to keep it on my registry and see what I get. Babies R Us has a good return policy, so I can always return them if he doesn't like them. Thanks again for your advice! Oh - if anyone else has experience with Adiri bottles, I'd love to get your feedback still.
A.H. answers from Tyler on March 28, 2008
The avent manual pump is awesome!! I personally couldn't use the others battery powered or otherwise I had to use this pump. The bottles and things you store the milk in are also great. I pumped and stored mine in the deep freeze even in the little plastic baggies. Avent has so me bottles with seals you can store in and pop a top and nipple on.
J.M. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
I also used the Medela Pump in Style while I worked with my two little ones. I used the bottles that came with the pump to pump into, then when I got home I would transfer into storage bags for the fridge/freezer. My favorite breast milk storage bags are the Lasinoh brand. I have tried several different brands but these are by far the best. They seal twice and the bag is very thick so doesn't leak.
I don't know much about the Adiri bottles. I wanted to try them with this new baby but hadn't read much as far as reviews go.
H.M. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
That's the pump I had and it's wonderful!!!! They sell storage bags at walmart and places like that. You don't have to keep them in the bottles. I had to freeze some because after a while I did pump more than he could eat. Which was good for times that I needed to be away and could not pump. With bottles it's really up to you. Sometimes it's up to the baby!
D.C. answers from Dallas on March 27, 2008
Breastmilk bags are the easiest for storage. I did this with my both my children. I had over 1000 oz of breast milk in a deep freeze at one time. I donated every bit of extra breastmilk I had to the Mother's Milk Bank for premies. The bags made it extreemly easy to store and freeze. Make sure you get the ones with the zip-lock style closing. Not the ties. I wouldn't worry to much about what is the best bottle, your child will choose which one he/she likes better. My second one never took a bottle. Even the one that looked and felt like a breast. Every child is different.
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B.B. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
The way that I storaged my breastmilk was in the gerber breastfeeding bags. They are at target, walmart, and babies r us they work really good. Also they that breastmilk storage contaniner that all you do is put the storage bags in there so they stay in place. You can put that in the frig. or freezer. The bottles that I love and used for my boys are the playtex nurser the ones that have the disposable bags. They work great. And also the healthflow bottles by munchin works too.
Hope that was helpful
E.W. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
I actually used Medela storage bottles that you can buy in addition to the Medela kit and can be found at Target or BRU. They are a 12 pack of bottles that are slightly smaller than the bottles that come with the pump and they are made to go in the freezer in addition to the refridgerator. I liked them because I could pump right into them (they attach right to the pump) and then put them in the refridgerator for storage that night and just get new bottles for the next day. Since there were 12 of them and 4 of the regular bottle, I didn't have to be pouring milk into the storage bags every night and constantly washing bottles to be ready for the next day. It saved a lot of time.
Oh and one other time-saver note - buy the steam cleaning bags that Medela sells that go in the microwave - they are WONDERFUL for quick, sanitized cleaning of your pump accessories!
A.J. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
Hi L.. I just returned to work. I work in an ER and do 12 hour shifts. I pump my breast milk in to the medela bottles that come with the pump (I have 4 of them). Each time I pump I combine the milk until the bottle is full to the 5oz line. I try to pump every 4 hours and hope to get 4 oz each time. When I get home I transfer it into the Lansinoh storage bags and put it in the freezer. This system works very well for me.
Unfortunately I dont know anything about the bottles you are asking about. We use the Playtex drop-ins and they work well.
K.S. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
I am the mom of a 2 month old. I hated the Adiri bottles...leaked everywhere. I use the medela bottles and born free (whole foods, babies r us) which are both BPA free and work great. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
G.W. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
The adiri bottles are nice, but #1 they do leak when you are filling them #2 you can't use a bottle warmer, you have to warm the milk before putting it into these bottles. So, if you plan to use these bottles you should store you milk in something that can be warmed first, then put the milk in the adiri right before you are ready to feed, otherwise you just run the bottle under warm water but don't tip it down or the milk will leak out.
My suggestion is not to purchase too many bottles before the baby arrives. They may not like the type you've purchased & then you have to try something else. I'm currently experiencing this......I purchased Born free which is also BPA free, and the nipple is too long for my baby right now & she gags on it. The adiri bottles are nice, I have 2 of them, but they are also expensive. I'm getting ready to try a 3rd type (recommended by a LC to be similar to the breast), but they aren't BPA free, so I'm a little unhappy about that.
Good luck! Pump frequently. You can store your milk in a large freezer(that is separate from the fridge) for 6 months, just time & date your milk.
Good luck! I'm excited for you, I now have 2 beautiful daughters after 2 miscarriages and many other obstacles. It wasn't easy getting them here, but it is WONDERFUL!!!
T.Z. answers from Dallas on March 28, 2008
Hi! Like the rest, same pump. What I have not seen as a suggestion that MIGHT make your life easier is the Madela bags. If you are going to be rushed at all, they may be good for you. I too, hate transferring from the bottle to the bag...I do it all the time, but I am not working. BUT the Madela bags have a tab on it that allow you to attach the bag directly to the pump and avoid the transfer. So literally it is just that one step. HOWEVER, I did rip the tab a couple of times because I was careless and the bag fell off. Whoever said, "don't cry over spilled milk" never pumped their own!!:0) I do know several people that swear by these and pump straight into them...I am sure my experience was more "operator malfunction" than flawed design. I agree 100% that the milk thaws quicker in the bags than the bottle, so that might be another thing to consider when baby gets fussy...you want the quickest fix you can get! Best of luck.
D.W. answers from Tyler on March 28, 2008
there are also milk storage bags, which seal up and you can write the date on them and even freeze them if needed.
As for bottles- my boys are all teenagers now so the choices were not what they are now. I used playtex with all three of mine. I liked the soft bags because I could get all the air out. I didn't have any colicky babies. I've seen the Medela ones and they seem very nice.
I would advise against buying too many of one type because babies can be very particular about bottles and nipples. My oldest would only use the playtex nipples (even the pacificer only from playtex). The middle one -it didn't much matter, the youngest liked the playtex bottle but only the clear rounded nipples. Too funny.
Enjoy your time with your son.