Frozen milk or milk in bottle?

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eliann's picture
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Frozen milk or milk in bottle?

Do you nursing moms leave frozen milk or refrigerated milk in a bottle when someone watches your little one? Do you ever bring a bottle when you go on an outing with baby or do you just nurse in public? How do you prepare a bottle while out?

I personally have no problem nursing in public, minus the fact that I can't position him well and my nips pay the price. But we were at MIL's the other day and Henry started crying and she asked for a bottle. I said I had just fed him before getting there and that I didn't bring a bottle. Why bring a bottle when I can just pop a boob out? No need to add to my already huge pile of dishes. Anyway, I have no idea how people prepare bottles when they are out and about. Do you just go to a bathroom and warm it up? My dad also got mad that I didn't bring a bottle when he came with me to the dermatologist. I said I'm going to be with the doctor for less than 30 minutes. I think our parents think the magic answer to a crying baby is a bottle.

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Now that Reid is in daycare I am pumping, so I give my daycare lady bags of refrigerated milk every day. Before though, when bottles were just a one off thing a couple of times a week at best, I just left formula for my mom to give him. This is because I hate pumping and only do it when neccessary (ie when I'm going to be gone regularly) and because I have a kick butt supply so I don't worry about missing a nursing here and there.

When I need to feed Reid in public and I was with him, I always just NIP. I guess I don't understand why you would bother with bottles (and pumping...gah!) when you could just nurse.

To go along with the theme of funny MIL bottle requests, AT HER REQUEST, I left Reid with my MIL for like 15 minutes while I ran out to the store. During that time Reid started crying so she ripped apart my bag looking for a bottle which I didn't have because I was planning to just nurse him since was with me (except for those impromptu 15 min.) Her plan was that she was going to fill the bottle with tap water and give that to him "just to tide him over." Whaaaaa?

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fill it with water???? OMG, lol.

Emma's not in daycare yet, but with my DS, I always left him with bottles. I'd rather not leave them with bags and risk them leaking.

As for going out, it depends. If we're going to be out all day, I usually pack one bottle just in case I need a break or she gets in one of her moods where she is starving and gets fussy at the breast. I also pack one when we go out for dinner so I can eat without spending 20-30 minutes nursing her. I often don't use it, but there's no harm in bringing it, IMO. I wouldn't pump just for that purpose, but I always have a few extra bottles at the end of the week. As for preparing them, I am really luck because Emma will drink the milk any temperature, so I don't need to prepare anything.

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Ha! Crazy parents of ours. Speaking of water. DH's grandmother has twice asked me if she can give Henry water in a bottle. THEN last weekend, his great Aunt asked the same thing. Was that like a thing back in the day? Or is it because they just haven't had a baby in 60+ years that they forget? So strange.

Yeah I'm trying to decide how I'm going to give daycare my milk. I have a freezer stash from the days I was getting engorged and having to pump before latching him. And since we give him a bottle every night, I have extra milk from that too, because I pump way more than he eats. I typically pump 6oz. I also don't want to risk leakage, so would I just defrost and bring the milk to daycare in bottles? Do I give them 3 bottles? Or how much milk should I leave with them for an 8 hour day?

I also worry about my freezer stash because the days I was engorged I was pumping until comfortable, so the milk is likely all fore milk. And then I have also started this diet of no dairy and soy and what not, so I would be giving him milk that he is potentially going to have a harder time digesting. I'd hate to throw out all my freezer stash though.

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Maybe you can try the milk out ahead of time and see if he reacts or if perhaps you can use just one bottle a day of the old stuff and the rest with the new stuff. As for an 8 hour day at daycare ... 3 will probably be just right and you'll be in the bldg right or was it across the street? Will you be able to nurse him on your lunch break?

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I have been thinking about this too as I am getting ready to go back to work soon. With Sam I worked nights, so DH just thawed a bag of milk for the middle of the night feedings. He would just run hot water over the bag until it thawed and pour it in a bottle.

I am going to ask my care provider if she is willing to keep bags in her freezer. I have the milk frozen in 3 oz bags. I think I will send 2 bottles and some frozen so nothing is wasted.
I believe they cannot reuse a bottle once the baby has drank from it, so I want to send the smallest increments possible. I have no idea how much he will take from a bottle during the day!

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Yeah when I visited the daycare, they showed me the freezer where all the nursing moms kept their milk.

It's across the street and yes I can go nurse him on my lunch break, but I was curious how that works, because what if he already had eaten when I got there? I guess I could just go and cuddle with him then. But I'd have to squeeze in pumping and cuddling and lunch. Sounds tricky.

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Yeah, that's tough! I wonder if there's any way his day can work out so he's ready to eat at your lunch time. Is lunch the only time you can pump? I'm pumping in an office with a computer set up so I can work while I pump. I don't feel this takes me away from my duties, so I don't feel like I have to pump during all of my break and lunch times.

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I'd say for your first day give them frozen milk then after that give them the previous day's pumped milk. Then you don't have to have them thaw it first. You'll figure out how much he eats by trial and error. as for your frozen milk that's dairy etc. you could either deep freeze it and save for cereal/sippies when he's older and hopefully outgrown the milk thing or you could donate it to a mama in need. Don't throw it out! You can find people local on Human Milk for Human Babies on FB.