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    Default New mom returning to work with NO CLUE

    I am returning to work on July 5th and I have no clue what to do regarding bottle feeding and my little one. She will be 6 weeks old and has been on the bottle a few times with no problems. My inlaws will be watching her, however, she formula fed all her children, so she has no clue how to handle a breastfed baby. I was reading an article which detailed a great need on the position and giving the bottle to help protect nipple confusion. Are these steps really necessary?

    What is the best way to tell her to prepare the frozen breast milk? The baby is having lots of gas/tummy issues currently and I am worried a bottle will make it worse.

    Also, I am currently pumping after feeding and only getting about an ounce. I have a bag in the fridge and collect all day before freezing. Is this safe?

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    Default Re: New mom returning to work with NO CLUE

    This link should be very helpful. You could print out the PDF version and give it to your inlaws where there can keep it handy like on the fridge
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
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    Default Re: New mom returning to work with NO CLUE

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jas View Post
    I am returning to work on July 5th and I have no clue what to do regarding bottle feeding and my little one. She will be 6 weeks old and has been on the bottle a few times with no problems. My inlaws will be watching her, however, she formula fed all her children, so she has no clue how to handle a breastfed baby. I was reading an article which detailed a great need on the position and giving the bottle to help protect nipple confusion. Are these steps really necessary?
    the article linked above is great. It really helps and it gives only what is necessary.

    What is the best way to tell her to prepare the frozen breast milk? The baby is having lots of gas/tummy issues currently and I am worried a bottle will make it worse.
    I always froze my milk in bottles (and pumped directly into the bottles) and just took what was needed out of the freezer at the beginning of the day. They defrost easily and all anyone needs to do to prep them is swirl then replace the lid with a nipple. Also after your first day you probably won't need to freeze. fresh milk is even healthier than frozen and the frozen is pretty good stuff.


    Also, I am currently pumping after feeding and only getting about an ounce. I have a bag in the fridge and collect all day before freezing. Is this safe?
    Totally safe and good production.

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    Default Re: New mom returning to work with NO CLUE

    Another silly question, how do I know if my milk has went bad?

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    Default Re: New mom returning to work with NO CLUE

    You can tell by smelling/tasting it. It will taste rancid if its bad. Most milk is good at room temp for 4-6hrs, in the fridge for 3-8 days, and in the freezer for 6-12months. (The first numbers are the ideal time limits and the second numbers are the acceptable limits.)

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