Pumping, Dumping, Freezing Breast Milk, & Bottle Feeding

Disclosure: The Workout Mama is a Joovy Moms ambassador and as such is provided with product for reviews. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Over the last 2 months I have been going to weekly doctor appointments to see my vein specialist for endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy. For this reason I have been pumping, dumping, freezing my breast milk, and bottle feeding my baby for 24 hours at a time.

When I became pregnant with Maisie I wore my compression socks everyday but by the end of my pregnancy my legs were bruised, discolored, and painful. We now had a healthy baby but my legs were a mess and I needed more treatments.

I went in for an ultrasound several weeks after Maisie was born to get the treatment approved by insurance and the morning pumping sessions began. Maisie hadn’t been waking up for an early morning feeding for several weeks when I started pumping. Every morning for the past 3 months I have set my alarm to ring at 5am.

Pumping is a commitment. Props to all you moms who do it full time.

Each morning I pump 8 ounces of milk, I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump, and proceed to carefully pour it into ice cube trays for freezing. The No Spill Ice Cube Trays I purchased have a silicone covering that acts as a protective barrier to prevent spills and freezer burn. Love these trays!

Breast Milk Ice Cube Tray

Freezing Breast Milk Ice Cube Tray

If you decide to use this method each breast milk cube = 0.5 ounces.

Once the milk is frozen I have been placing the breast milk cubes into glass storage wear in my freezer. I bought a set of various sized Pyrex Storage Containers.

Freezing Breast Milk

On days that I have been getting treatment I fill up mason jars with the appropriate amount of ice cubes for Maisie. Because I had been only nursing Maisie up until this point I didn’t have a great idea on how many ounces she was actually consuming.

Based off the recommendation of her pediatrician I offered 2.5 ounces of breast milk per pound of body weight each day. For example, Maisie weighs 12 pounds, I gave her about 30 ounces of breast milk in a 24-hour period. She is eating 6 times a day so I put 5 ounces of milk in each bottle. Some feedings she would drink less but for the most part 5 ounces each feeding worked out perfectly.

Freezing Breast Milk Mason Jars

When it is time to feed Maisie I remove a mason jar for the fridge and set it out on the counter 30 minutes before her feeding. After letting it sit for 15 minutes I make a hot bath for the mason jar by placing it inside a Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Measuring Cup.

While the cubes are melting and heating up I occasionally swirl the milk around inside the mason jar. It is important to swirl and not shake the breast milk. Shaking causes the nutritional content of the milk to break down faster.

Heating Frozen Breast Milk

Once the milk is ready I pour it into my favorite bottles EVER. When Caden was an infant we bottle fed him occasionally but he hated it. Thankfully I was able to work my personal training clients and group fitness schedule around his feedings so he rarely needed a bottle. I was a little worried and apprehensive at how Maisie would be especially knowing that a bottle would be her only to way to nourished for multiple 24 hour periods.

Shortly before my first treatment we tested out the Joovy Boob Baby Bottle and all my worries soon faded. She devoured the bottle without any discomfort or hesitation. This bottle is amazing! No leaks, easy to clean, and they come in a variety of materials ranging from high quality and medical grade polypropylene to glass.

Joovy Boob Baby Bottle

Joovy Boob Baby Bottle Glass

If you are on the fence about purchasing glass bottles I highly recommend these! We haven’t had any break and the protective silicone sleeve works great in case the bottle gets knocked around. The glass bottle when clean looks brand new even after multiple uses, no streaks or discoloration.

Like I mentioned earlier these bottles come in a variety of material and we also own the durable polypropylene plastic boobs. Each bottle is individually shrink-wrapped to deliver the highest level of cleanliness and is free from BPA, phthalate, and lead. Joovy has put together a Boob PP Baby Bottle Set that would be perfect for the mom who plans to bottle feed their little one, it has everything you need from 5 and 8 ounce bottles, brushes to clean, lids, pump adaptor so you can pump directly into the bottle, and extra nipples.

Joovy Boob PP Baby Bottle Set

Each of 5 ounce bottle comes with a stage 1 nipple. Maisie is 5 months and I still prefer this slow flow nipple to the medium flow nipple (sold separately). I felt that the stage 2 nipple, which is recommended for 3M+, was a little fast for her and still is. There is also a CleanFlow Vent Ring that is placed on the bottle before the nipple and collar are tightened. This is what ensures there is no leaks and also that the baby does not inhale additional air.

Cleaning these bottles is very easy. I rinse them out with a quick hot soapy scrub and place them into a Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag. Super fast and kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Quick Clean Micro Steam Bag

Heating up frozen breast milk, bottle feeding a baby, pumping, dumping, and cleaning the bottles takes me about 45-60 minutes total. It is time consuming but worth it. Since starting treatment on my legs they are already feeling so much better.

I only have a few more weeks of sclerotherapy left and then I will be able to put my pump away for awhile. I really love this bottle and it is great to know that we can leave Maisie for a few hours with family if we need or want to in the future. As far as transitioning from breast to bottle and bottle back to breast I could not be happier with my experience. Thank you Joovy for making a great product!

ABOUT JOOVY

Joovy is an american based company that is a family-run business that considers their employees, customers and factory partners as members of the family. Their goal is to design and manufacture family gear products that are extremely useful, practical, good-looking and FUN. You will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this stroller or any other product from Joovy.

WHERE TO FIND AND BUY

Joovy Website, Amazon, Joovy Facebook, Joovy Twitter, Joovy Instagram

I would love to know what has worked for you! Any neat tricks or tips you have when it comes to pumping, freezing breast milk, or cleaning bottles?

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What’s Inside My Mom Bag

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own.

In order to make leaving the house a little less chaotic I keep a few essentials in my mom bag.

Yes I have a mom bag now.

My beautiful diaper bag that I loved dearly will no longer hold the contents of my life. To be honest it barely held everything I needed when I left the house with just Caden. Why are some of the most expensive items you purchase for life with a newborn the most impractical?

So I have decided to ditch the diaper bag and fully embrace the mom bag. What is a mom bag you ask? It is basically a diaper bag on steroids. Anything and everything that I might need for my family and myself is in this bag. It is huge, it is never empty, and it is wonderful.

Seriously this bag and the contents it contains have saved me on more than one occasion.

Ready to find out what’s inside?

What's Inside My Mom Bag

  1. Hand Sanitizer – People love to touch the baby and Caden loves to touch everything. This is an essential item.
  2. Puffs SoftPack™ - I recently discovered this amazing flexible and water resistant full size facial tissue pack. I love that it easily fits into my mom bag. With all the runny noses in our family from allergies we need more than just a few tissues. You can like Puffs on Facebook and let them know how the SoftPack fits into your life. They would love to hear from you!
  3. Diapers, Underwear, & Pull-ups (Oh my) – With the amount of items inside my mom bag I realized that cloth diapers would need to be used only at home. There is no way they were fitting in this already filled to the brim bag.
  4. Wipes – Moms need wipes to clean up sticky fingers, dirty bottoms, and numerous other little messes that can occur when out and about.
  5. Swim Diapers & Swimsuit – Living in the Valley of the Sun affords us ample opportunities to visit our local splash parks the majority of the year.
  6. Sunscreen – Year round item. We use it daily.
  7. Nursing Cover – If I know there is even a chance I will be feeding Maisie I am always prepared. I am loving my nursing scarf!
  8. Clothes – Accidents happen.
  9. Toys – You never know when you will need them. I keep a few that are strictly kept in my mom bag. The only time they come out is if we are away from home. This keeps Caden more engaged and entertained and less likely to get bored.
  10. Snacks – Kids and parents get hungry. I have been known to eat my toddler’s snack so I now keep separate snacks for myself in the bag also.
  11. Water – Hydrating is important. Drink up.
  12. Lip Balm – Someone will need this. Dry lips suck.
  13. First Aid Kit – For the boo boos that happen in life and on the playground a first aid kit in addition to mommy’s kisses always make things feel better.
  14. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are my favorite accessory.
  15. Wallet – I have left this at home numerous times because it would be housed in another purse or left on the kitchen counter. Now it is presently housed in my mom bag.
  16. Planner – From playdates to doctors appointments it is nice to have my planner on hand at all times. Call me old fashioned but I prefer to write it down. Yes it takes up more space but it is easier for me to see our schedules and plan for the week ahead.

I would love to know what items you keep in your mom bag. Let me know in the comments below.

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Maisie: 4 Months

Maisie 4 Months

4 MONTH STATS

12 pounds 6 ounces | 25 inches

4 Months Maisie

We are following the sleep method outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep. If you have never heard of Babywise you can read more about our experience in my post On Becoming Baby Wise where I break down how we used this method for our son Caden.

Here is a recap of Maisie’s feeding schedule over the past four months:

Birth: Every 2-3 hours for the first two weeks until we were given the go ahead from her pediatrician to allow her to sleep during the night without needing to wake her to eat.

1 Month: 4:30am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 12:30am. Bedtime at 7pm followed by the last two feedings.

Week 7: 5am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

2 Months: 6am,  9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

3 Months: 6:30am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

Currently her 4 Month schedule looks like this…

  • 5:30am – 6am: Waketime
  • 7am: Eat
  • 9am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat
  • 12pm: Nap
  • 1pm: Eat
  • 2:30pm: Nap
  • 3:30pm: Eat
  • 6:30pm: Eat
  • 7pm: Bedtime
  • 9:30pm: Eat???

This last month I tried to eliminate the dream feed. Caden dropped his dream feed around 4 months so I decided to give it a go with Maisie. It seemed like for the first week Maisie was doing great and waking up at 6:30am smiling and so happy. After that week she started waking up earlier and earlier. Which tells me that she probably still needs the extra feeding.

She is still sleeping throughout the night like a champ. This girl is in her crib at 7pm and is usually asleep in 15 minutes. Now the challenge is to get the wake time to push back again to 6:30am. I am fairly confident that adding in the extra feeding will do the trick.

Her morning nap is very consistent now and she is sleeping from 9 until about 9:45 daily. The other naps can sometimes last that long but more often she wakes within 30 minutes of being laid down. I know that in the next few months her later naps will become more routine it just takes time.

Maisie enjoys sucking on her fingers, eating, cuddling, watching Caden, bouncing in her Fisher-Price Adorable Animals Baby’s Bouncer, playing on her Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym, bath/shower time, and tummy time. She is giggling and cooing more and more! Baby giggles are the best. She is alert and active more and more. If you give her kisses on the cheeks you will get the biggest smiles.

Due to medical treatment I needed to have done Maisie also started using a bottle for several 24 hour periods while I pumped and dumped.  She did great! I was so worried that she wouldn’t take it or have trouble but my fears were unwarranted.

She also rolled over for the first time shortly after turning 4 months old, rolling from her back to her tummy. Caden gives her pats on the back and kisses when she does this and tells her she did a good job. It is the sweetest thing to watch.

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