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jocelyn dee

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I thought that you are supposed to keep milk separate from different times of day since it changes over the course of the day - so you would have morning, afternoon and evening milk labelled? I don't know why I think that this is the case, maybe i read it somewhere?
I read it was OK to combine milk from different pumping sessions as long as it is all chilled in the fridge first.
 

KillaLadY

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This is incredible information, thank you SO much! The only thing I know is that my mother used to store her milk for my sister in glass bottles, she just never filled them fully.
However, my sister was not a big eater, so 3-4 ounces was plenty for her - obviously every child is different.

So you are allowed to express milk away and bring it back on the plane? (obviously not in the hand luggage).
 

mariazmess

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You'd have to keep it in a freezer bag of some sort. I'm sure it's doable.

The Center for Disease Control says:
Milk Storage and Handling While Traveling
Expressed milk should be stored in clean, tightly sealed containers. Any container may be used if it can be thoroughly cleaned with hot, soapy water and if it seals tightly. Many mothers choose to use infant feeding bottles with solid caps to store milk.

Milk may be stored and transported in refrigeration, or frozen in dry ice. Freshly expressed milk is safe for infant consumption even when stored at room temperature for up to 6–8 hours.
Fresh milk may be safely stored in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours. Refrigerated milk can be stored for 5 days.
For additional storage options see Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk.

Once milk is cooled, it should remain cool until the milk is consumed. Refrigerated milk can subsequently be frozen, however once frozen milk is fully thawed it should be used within one hour. Because of these requirements, a breastfeeding mother needs to consider access to safe storage options in making her decision whether to keep her expressed milk to bring back to her infant or child, or to discard it before returning home.

Depending upon the destination, if no reliable milk storage is available, a mother traveling without her nursing infant or child may need to discard her expressed milk. In such a situation it is important to recognize the value of regular expression while separated to help her maintain her milk supply until she and her nursing infant or child can be reunited, regardless if milk is stored.

Air Travel
No special precautions are necessary for airport security screenings while breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mother expressing her own milk while traveling does not need to declare her milk at U.S. Customs when returning to the United States. Electric breast pumps are considered personal items during air travel and may be carried on and stowed underneath the passenger seat, similar to a laptop computer, purse, or diaper bag.
Breastfeeding: Recommendations: Travel Recommendations | DNPAO | CDC
 

mcbee

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I used the medela bottles to store milk in the fridge and then the medela freezer bags to freeze. I mixed milk all the time! As I was combo feeding I'd often have some pumped milk in the fridge, so i'd mix together what I had and top up with formula. I just made sure it was all the same temp.

And there was something satisfying about seeing a big ol' pile of frozen breastmilk in my freezer....and then I got sad as it dwindled and eventually finished. In the last few months of nursing, I was only pumping once a day and that was always added to a bottle for the next day, so there was no stash.

:)sarah
 

She

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ya, you can mix milk. I think the guidline was to chill all milk and then mix as you want...you're just not supposed to mix fresh milk (warm) with chilled.

I hear you mcbee on the great feeling seeing a stash of milk! I can't even believe this now, but I had to buy a deep freeze (a smaller one, not the full size) and I had it full to the brim with milk. I should have taken a pic of that!! I thought I'd never use it all, but I did and amazingly in a short amount of time. Since I had such a huge amount I used mason jars to store it all.
 

r6bikerchick

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Haha, we bought a small deep-freeze for frozen EBM, too! I haven't pumped since Christmas, and since Ethan never took a bottle, I'm just finishing using my frozen stash in his cereals. Undecided about whether I want to mess with pumping once I'm back to work in two weeks, but ideally I will, and hopefully get enough over the day to send with him for the next day at daycare. He's not big on sippies, so I don't even know how much he'll drink.
 

Cri

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Hi ladies,

Can anyone recommend a store that sells a wide variety of nursing bras?

GTA/Mississauga or Peterborough area please?

thanks :)
 

KillaLadY

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I purchased mine from Secrets from your sister... I get my regular bras from them, and they do measure you, etc... they also do nursing bras.
They can be a bit expensive, but they are really good quality.
 

Metal Morphosis

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Hi ladies,

Can anyone recommend a store that sells a wide variety of nursing bras?

GTA/Mississauga or Peterborough area please?

thanks :)
Evymama is great - they have a range of bras, mostly expensive but some around the $50 - $60 mark and i think they're having a sale right now

Evymama

in other news, bye bye breastfeeding amenorrhea; we had a good run, only 10 periods in 4 yrs and 5 mos thanks to pregnancy & breastfeeding.
i'm not looking forward to having my period once a month for the next 15-odd years until menopause begins... wait, what? did i just mention menopause? FML
 

Cri

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Thanx ladies, I will check those places out. It is hard for me to find bras that fit properly as I am so small and last time I had one nursing bra that was too small and one that was too big and I must have checked ten different places, but no where as fancy as those ;)
 

geminigirl

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Thanx ladies, I will check those places out. It is hard for me to find bras that fit properly as I am so small and last time I had one nursing bra that was too small and one that was too big and I must have checked ten different places, but no where as fancy as those ;)
Ummmm helloooo. Baby number two on the way???! Congrats! Details????

How many weeks etc??
 

KillaLadY

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Thanx ladies, I will check those places out. It is hard for me to find bras that fit properly as I am so small and last time I had one nursing bra that was too small and one that was too big and I must have checked ten different places, but no where as fancy as those ;)
I wish I had that problem. I am a little traumatized at how much my girls have grown.

I went from C to EE cup and I am 28 weeks. And growing.
My husband seems to be very happy about that and I am sure my child will approve as well. lol
 

rubytuesday

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in other news, bye bye breastfeeding amenorrhea; we had a good run, only 10 periods in 4 yrs and 5 mos thanks to pregnancy & breastfeeding.
i'm not looking forward to having my period once a month for the next 15-odd years until menopause begins... wait, what? did i just mention menopause? FML
So jealous, I got my period back at 3 months postpartum, and I was cosleeping and nursing all night. I think I got close to being anemic as a result.

at 6 1/2 months Quintin pulled him around on the floor by his arms tonight!

i am an excited mamma!!!!
Aww yay, the mobility stuff is so fun to watch.

Thanx ladies, I will check those places out. It is hard for me to find bras that fit properly as I am so small and last time I had one nursing bra that was too small and one that was too big and I must have checked ten different places, but no where as fancy as those ;)
I'm also petite and I ended up favoring stretchy sports-type bras that I could pull up or down when I was nursing, I found latches and holes too fussy. But I loved my momzelle nursing shirts.
 

Jennika

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yup, another small-boobed sports bra nurser here. WAY better than nursing bras. just get the cross type in the front so it's easy to access.
 

echo

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i'm not looking forward to having my period once a month for the next 15-odd years until menopause begins..
And that is why I had the mirena IUD put in again (well that and contraception too)!! I haaaaate getting a period (mine aren't even bad) and when I have the Mirena in, I'm one of the lucky gals that doesn't get a period at all - woot!! I highly recommend it ;)

at 6 1/2 months Quintin pulled him around on the floor by his arms tonight!
Yay! Isn't it so fun to watch them figure it out? I love watching Lilah motor around. You should see her bolt for Huxley when he's lying near - poor dog has no idea of the "torture" that's in store for him!

But I loved my momzelle nursing shirts.
Yes! I adore my momzelle tops and I adore the prices too - so much cheaper than evymama, especially when they have a sale on! Just received three short sleeved ones in the mail yesterday :)
 

Metal Morphosis

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And that is why I had the mirena IUD put in again (well that and contraception too)!! I haaaaate getting a period (mine aren't even bad) and when I have the Mirena in, I'm one of the lucky gals that doesn't get a period at all - woot!! I highly recommend it.)
Mine aren't that bad either, I thought it might be heavier after having two kids vaginaly, but it's not the case. That said, Simon's already taken cAre of business, so there's really no need for an alternate form of BC.
 

sk8

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I was a sports bra nurser too. plus tank tops under my shirt - top shirt up, bottom shirt down and stays to cover your tummy and voila - instant "nursing cover"

Because I continue to freak out at the thought of having to pack Felix a lunch as of the end of August, for the next 17million years, and some others here might feel the same way: Packing a Simple Lunch: Why my kids' lunch isn't fancy | Babble
I actually like packing school lunches. Luckily Elissa loves taking leftovers so we got a bunch of thermos type dealies. I also have her help pick out things so I know she'll eat it. I completely agree on the non-fancy lunch though. They get 20 minutes to eat it. The KISS rule definitely applies.

And that is why I had the mirena IUD put in again (well that and contraception too)!! I haaaaate getting a period (mine aren't even bad) and when I have the Mirena in, I'm one of the lucky gals that doesn't get a period at all - woot!! I highly recommend it ;)
Me too! Love it.
 

mingster

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what's up tribe mommies! i have been back at work for two days now and while it has nothing to do with babies, i'm totally frustrated by what went on with my mat leave coverage while i was away. during our handoff meeting today, he had virtually no information to give me to get me caught up, which i've discovered, means that he basically did a little less than the bare minimum for the last 3 months, which is when he stopped caring. so instead of being able to pick up and go from today, i have to do what should have been done over the past months before i can get up to speed. i'm so frustrated that i left this person with tools and strategies to be successful and he just didn't give a shit enough to do a decent job.

on a positive note, david seems to love going to his new daycare, and his daycare lady is also happy. it's his first full day tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. i get to pick him up at 5pm, for the first time, and i'm looking forward to that.

Because I continue to freak out at the thought of having to pack Felix a lunch as of the end of August, for the next 17million years, and some others here might feel the same way: Packing a Simple Lunch: Why my kids' lunch isn't fancy | Babble
i totally feel this way. i have to pack david's lunches already, and for the next 12 years, and it's also freaking me out a little. :p
 
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geminigirl

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Presley will be 6 months on August 17.

I am loooving this age. She is so much fun! We have a very predictable schedule with great naps. We go swimming lots. I'm just enjoying it all.

On a sad note: she stopped nursing almost 2 weeks ago. *sob sob*. I really wanted to go longer, but she started to either cry or blow bubbles on my boobs.:( We had a good go and I will cherish it forever. I'm down to one pump in the morning. I plan to pump right to the 6 month mark and *probably* stop then. I have cried thinking about no more pumping. This stuff has sooo much emotion attached to it.
 
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