Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I have a new goal in mind - produce and store enough breastmilk enough to justify a chest freezer. When I first realized that I was making so much breastmilk, I was horrified with thoughts of being permanently (well, almost) hooked up to a pump, it was only later that I realized how much of a blessing it is to be able to provide healthy breastmilk for my baby.

Hubby and I had invested in a nice Medela Pump-In-Style (PIS) breast pump. I figured that with the savings we will have from not buying formula, we'll recoup the cost in no time. Up until last week, I have not been pumping both breasts at the same time because I was making tipid the breast pumps (the flanges / breast shields) and bottles because we didn't have enough for 4 or 5 pumping sessions throughout the day and I didn't have the time to keep on washing, sterilizing and drying them all day long (hubby sterilizes all the parts & milk bottles once every night). If you're a breastfeeding mom, you know how long the pumping session lasts.

Last week, I gave up and decided to buy extra parts and I've been pumping both breasts at the same time ever since. It's been such a time-saver! My pumping sessions have been cut in half now, it's a definite improvement during early morning sessions when I want to rush back to sleep and during the day when the little boy gets fussy and demands my attention. And since the sessions are so much quicker nowadays - 15 to 20 minutes instead of the usual 30 min to 1 hr - I find the extra time to squeeze in extra sessions. I now pump up to 5 times a day instead of the 3 or 4.

Current stash:
30 4 oz bottles half of which has 3 oz and the other half has 4oz (this is approximate)
15 6oz milk storage bags

So far, milk is only occupying a third of our freezer so it's not really that much yet.


Mec said...

I never really had to pump milk because I was a SAHM...and initially, I was too sleepy to go anywhere without my son :D But I am always impressed by Moms who do pump because I know it also takes time and energy to do so... :)

Good luck with your breastfeeding goal... and trust that your child is benefitting so much from your milk, and your touch, and that the benefits are lifelong for both of you :)

Oh and kudos to Dad... for helping wash the breastpump parts and bottles :)

meekerz said...

Just a question... why do you want to fill up at chest freezer with bmilk? :) ...I filled up over 2/3 of an upright freezer with my milk... then I had to give most of it away because they were near their "expiration" date and baby still had way more than she needed.

Now that my pumping has lessened, I don't have much frozen stock anymore. And I'm "mixed" feeding freshly pumped milk and frozen milk :)

Good luck! :)