Breastfeeding and a date with her husband or return to work
There are a lot of reasons why we must leave our Baby with someone other than ourselves. School or college, work or additional assignment, case in court or other official matters, stay in the hospital, own or with an older child, and even a dateand with my husband or going to the cinema with a friend - they absolutely do not necessarily mean that we must give up breastfeeding, or that we will have to feed the baby with modified milk. Today I will tell you how I organized breastfeeding, running my own company ...
and even coordinating the client's wedding less than 2 months after delivery.
The basis of the Wedding Planner profession is availability and long-term planning - when I took the coordination of this wedding, I did not even know that by that time I would become pregnant and have another child who would be less than 2 months old. Clients' trust in Wedding Planner is the basis of work in this industry and our company, and I knew that I had enough time to prepare myself and my child for this trip.
Not only this exit was a challenge for me - it happened that I had to drive to the company for a moment, have a meeting or sign documents - I always took a newborn baby or a few months old baby with me, except for exceptional meetings with clients - then I went with my husband who was with the little one in the next room and I could come and feed him at any time. However, I could not take my son of several days to coordinate the wedding.
Making up for lost time
I knew that remorse would not help anyone here, so when I was with my son, I allowed us to be with him on his terms, always feeding on demand, also to make up for emotional and physical intimacy. I remember when Maks was a few months old and I led her for the first time after giving birth Course for Wedding Planner and for 4 days after 9 hours I was away from home. Immediately after the course, I went with my husband and children for a small vacation to Olsztyn to make up for our closeness.
Feeding at a distance
Until 6 a month, I fed Maks only breastfeeding (I described the adventure with diet extension here), so leaving him even for two hours, I had to leave him my milk.
Both at Mikus and Maks, I was pumping food with an electric breast pump - at home, getting ready a few days earlier to go out, as well as outside. The electric breast pump allowed me to express milk easily and painlessly in each of these situations.
Each of us has lactation of varying intensity. Mine was, barely enough, one could say (I wrote about my lactation crisis here) - expressing food at home, I always did it after feeding. I could not afford to express milk between feedings, because at that time I didn't have enough milk for the next feeding. Outside the home, I sucked out food every three hours, more or less at those times I'd feed Maks.
When leaving the house, I remembered that the best food we have is the one that I give within 24 hours since expressing , so when planning my exits, I tried to plan them in such a way as to give the child freshly expressed milk as often as possible instead of always freeze them and give your child frostbite. Therefore, when I pulled the milk before leaving, I did not put it in the fridge - I saw that Maks would eat it within three hours and during that time nothing bad could happen to milk. On the other hand, if it didn't work out, I wasn't worried about serving previously chilled or frozen milk, because mother's food, or even thawed, stored in the fridge is still incomparably better than the artificial one.
Storage of expressed milk
How much milk can stand? 
At room temperature - up to 6 hours
In the fridge (maximum temperature <10 ° C) - up to 3 days
In the fridge (maximum temperature <4 ° C) - up to 8 days
Freezer (maximum temperature -18 ° C) - 6 months
There is no more than 4 ° C in my fridge, so for simplicity I remembered this rule as "the 6 principle"- 6 hours, 6 days, 6 months.
It is worth keeping the milk in the fridge at the back, where it is the coldest, not at the door or on it, where it is the warmest.
What to store the expressed milk?
In my career as a nursing mother, I used three different breast pumps. Each of them had the opportunity expressing milk directly into the bottle, one on which I could put a teat on and feed the Baby, as well as a special one food bag - an extremely useful function if all the food bottles are full.
The most convenient way was to drain the milk to the breast pump with the bottle attached, but when all of them were full, I occasionally used the bags.
Milk expressed in a refrigerator, i.e. the fastest intended for consumption, it was easiest to store in a bottle. In addition to the one attached to the breast pump, I had a few extra - I carried them in my bag, so it was easier and without the risk that the bottle would break and flood the contents of the bag.
But when planning to store food in the freezer, I almost always used it special bags for storing and freezing food. They have very nice labels - I noted on them the date of collection and the amount of expressed milk, and this can be done even with a regular pen. I left the field for an hour. Since I could store milk for up to six months, this value did not matter to me. Sometimes I also used them in the fridge.
This is a discovery - I froze flat pouches with food - thanks to this I save a lot of space, the notes on the bag were easier to read, and the food thawed faster - all the pros! So that the pouches do not stick together during freezing, I put them in pieces of paper towel. I also regularly looked at frozen milk and arranged it according to the date of delivery, always the oldest at the top for faster use.
How to defrost mother's milk?
We've got milk it is best to defrost in the fridge - slowly, thanks to which it will retain the most nutritional value. After thawing, milk should be consumed within 12 hours. If I was in a hurry, I put them in warm water - but never warmer than 37 ° C, so that it would not lose valuable value - regularly shaking the bag for faster thawing.
Absolutely however Do not freeze thawed milk once.
How to serve breast milk?
The expressed milk can be given using a syringe or a tiny cup (as for syrup, you can also buy in the pharmacy such containers for administering medicines - they will be perfect). I recommend this method especially for newborns, so that they do not interfere with their breast-feeding or make them lazy by feeding them with a bottle (bottle sucking is much easier for a child than breasts - milk almost flies, which may cause that the child will be less likely to suck the breast, and also requires a different technique). Of course, you can also feed bottle - However, it cannot be denied that, although manufacturers are outdoing themselves in the production of breast-like teats, the method of sucking milk from a bottle is different.
Personally, after the adventure of feeding milk with a syringe (when I had too little food after giving birth, I gave the child every expressed quantity), in the second month of life, when breastfeeding did not cause us any technical problems, I started to give Maks my milk in a glass bottle with a teat from time to time. Although at that time I was taking my son everywhere with me and did not have to give him expressed milk, I had in my head the coordination of the wedding and the fact that sooner than later I would have to leave my son for a few hours and wanted drinking from the bottle was not associated with him extra stress. However, I chose a bottle with the smallest possible hole so that the Toddler, eating from the bottle, also had to make an effort.
Why choose a glass bottle?
Glass bottles are ecological and biodegradable, but most importantly - the easiest way to keep them in perfect condition - they are very easy to scrub, they do not scratch from the cleaning brush, do not absorb odors, do not collect deposits and do not dye from juices. At the first son, we used plastic bottles, which after a few months were only suitable for the garbage can, and then we switched to glass bottles, which we still use today. It is worth having a glass bottle from the same company as the breast pump - An additional benefit is that all the feeding accessories go together.
At what temperature should mother's food be served?
We can give the expressed milk in room temperature, but not all children like such cool milk, it's worth it then heat by placing the bottle in warm (but not hot) water. You should never heat milk in the microwave.
After using the bottle, until Maksio is half a year old, once a day I disinfected them in a sterilizer. When Maks started to eat from the floor, I did it less often 😉
When a child refuses to eat from the bottle
I was afraid of leaving my son for the first time and he would refuse to eat from the bottle when I was far away from him and I couldn't help him. Therefore, before I left Maks with Dad for the first time, I made sure that he would be able and wanted to eat from a bottle, training this skill earlier. I know children who were able to protest and during the entire 8 hours of absence we are not to take the bottle, so it's worth checking it out before we leave the Baby for the first time. Some children, especially older than 6 months, are great at drinking milk from a cup or a water bottle.
Expressing milk at work
My work has a different character - sometimes these are days spent in the office, and sometimes outside, in hotels, meetings, outdoors or away. Therefore, when leaving the house, I always had a breast pump and containers for storing expressed milk.
My first lonely trip to work for the whole day was the way to coordinate the wedding of clients - there was no intimate place to express milk in the wedding hall, and I didn't want to do it in the toilet, so I quickly realized that working mobile, the car will be my asylum. I used it for this purpose also when I returned to training, and for many months I was expressing milk even for two breast pumps to fit during breaks - I did not always have enough milk at home and care to express thoroughly during the day enough to have enough for the whole next day, it is extremely important to me. I have to admit that my determination to work with two different breast pumps in the hotel parking lot fills me with pride dum
Initially I used the a breast pump for the power supply - at home and in the office - with battery option - outside the office, i.e. primarily in the car. At that time, I couldn't forget about the battery supply, but unfortunately the breast pump had less power on the batteries, so the pump took longer, and when the batteries were discharged (for example, in winter, when I left the pump in a cool car, it happened much faster) I was unable to express milk .
Because I fell in love with a USB-operated breast pump - by powerbanku, Chargers or even laptop! Since when the USB cable I could connect directly to the phone charger in the car, I gained real comfort and independence. I no longer needed any batteries or an electrical outlet, because away from home, office or car any powerbank or even the laptop was enough for me - you can see it in the photo below - and it works 😀
I remember the great relief I felt when Maks started to eat solid foods, one portion of my milk was enough for the whole day of training and I did not have to express milk outside the home every 2-3 hours to make up my home reserves. Therefore, if you go back to work, when your child is already half a year and older, you can be much calmer!
What if Mama's milk runs out?
I really did not want to give the child artificial milk, especially because of Maks's allergy. My pediatrician was also against it and recommended plant milk for emergency situations. A balanced diet, breastfeeding and plant milk have been our safe and healthy option from time to time - this milk stays with us even after breastfeeding. After the breastfeeding at the age of one and three months, as it was with us, there is no need to give the baby modified milk (of course, it is worth asking about the balanced diet of the child, dietitian or pediatrician). Oat milk, millet milk, and from time to time also rice, coconut or almond permanently entered the diet of our entire family.
How much is all this?
At first, it seemed to me that the breast pump, bottles and pouches for storing food was a big expense, but I didn't know then how many cans of modified milk a child needs per month and I did not multiply them by the price of one. It even 300-500 PLN per month depending on milk! Therefore, without remorse I bought more bags for freezing food and I knew that I still saved a lot of money (and health) compared to buying modified milk.
Which breast pump should you choose?
The basic choice you'll face will be between manual and electric breast pump. Which is better?
Manual or electric breast pump?
The basic difference between them is of course both included in the price and in the comfort of use. Personally, I took the electric breast pump for childbirth - I had a good feeling, because later it turned out that my lactation did not start immediately after delivery and it was the breast pump that helped me unscrew it. I was glad that I chose the electric one because I barely had the strength to express - and I did it after each feeding with the 7-5-3 technique, i.e. for half an hour once every 2-2,5 hour. After adding the time needed for changing and taking care of the Newborn baby, I didn't have much time to rest (You can read the whole story of my fight for food here). They were very helpful too two expressing phases - Our baby sucks his breast shortly after joining, also differently than when milk flows out of it smoothly. I will tell you about them below.
I also knew that I would want to breastfeed for at least a year and I would go back to work sooner, so I put on a breast pump that is as quiet as possible. I have already written to you above about problems with feeding the breast pump outside the home - that's why choosing a USB-powered breast pump connected to the power supply or power bank was a shot for me in 10! However, if you have already started lactation, you do not plan to leave the baby outside of exceptional occasions and you intend to use the breast pump occasionally, the breast pump manual should do just as well.
However, if you care about an electric breast pump, quiet, powered USB cable connected to a power bank, car or laptop, two phases of suction and different power functions, you must see my latest Lansinoh compact electric breast pumpwhich I had the pleasure to test. Thanks to the silicone cover with nice ears, it is definitely the prettiest breast pump I've ever seen.
Lansinoh Two-Phase Electric Breast Pump
Lansinoh breast pump has two phases - one to stimulate the flow of food, and the second to download itthat mimic the baby's mouth movements and imitate the natural rhythm of his food intake. We also have a choice five levels of suctionthat we can use when expressing milk. In this way I could better adapt the device to my comfort. Both phases are switched automatically, so I didn't have to wonder when I should go from one to the other. The breast pump also has an automatic shutdown function that is started when the machine is left unattended for 60 minutes. So if I happened to fall asleep or forgot to turn off the device, I did not have to worry - it turned off by itself!
In addition to the breast pump and all accessories necessary for its operation, the set also includes a free power bank.
An additional advantage is warm and nice breast tip, such a silicone cushion that touches our skin - I have never seen one like this before, and allows for a perfect fit.
It is also very important that Lansinoh offers spare parts and service support, i.e. full after-sales service, including post-warranty service, and in practice it means that if you have a need, you can buy any part, a hose, a diaphragm or whatever you need.
What is not worth forgetting about?
They absolutely needed me lactation pads - as long as I fed Maks only breastfeeding, that is, until the sixth month, I used them on every trip without him, and I always knew that these Lansinoh are the best in the world!
First, are packed in separate shirts, making it easy to take them with you to work or a walk.
Secondly, they have two stickers - thanks to which the insoles stay exactly in place, saving us stress during the day.
And thirdly, they have a shape that adapts perfectly to the breast - they do not stick out, are thin and do not impress under clothing, and most importantly - absorb well.
If this is your first time out, you should also bring something for a disguise. It has not been useful to me yet, but it is worth having such a possibility in case of failure, and in practice - just a calm head.
The functional compact Lansinoh two-phase breast pump with a power bank and a beautiful silicone case with pink ears can be won!
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What equipment to make life easier for every mother?
So you could experience time with your baby even more fully?
I count on your creativity - maybe it hasn't been created yet and together we will inspire the world to create it 😉
Although today I would like a tumble dryer, which supposedly replaces a self-ironing clothes machine.
And quietly, I sometimes dream of stopping time and ... getting enough sleep.
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IT IS ALREADY! COMPETITION RESULT!
Thank you all for participating in the fun, I had a great time reading these sensational ideas and totally dreamed. I liked all the answers and I'm sure that each of these things would make everyday life easier for us all.
When choosing a winner, I decided to refer to our word - signpost for 2019 year, and that's a word RELATIONS.
Because Agnieszka Nand I would like a wardrobe with a magical passage! We enter and we are wherever we want. " I would sometimes let children fall asleep in it so that Grandma could watch them asleep, and we could only enjoy the time together without running up and down. I would eat lunch with my mother today, take the test results to the hospital without leaving home, saving 6 hours, not waste time on commuting or kindergarten, go with the children for a walk around the Faroe Islands today, and drink coffee in New York tomorrow morning. I would publish today's competition results in Texas, sipping tea on the porch with Justyna, watching our children go crazy on the swings.
I just wonder if the wardrobe could move to heaven - Mikuś and Maks would happily play with older Brothers and Grandfather, and I would again be able to hug the first man in my life and embrace my first-born sons for the first time.
Agnieszka, regarding the delivery of the prize, write to me at email@example.com.