I have a few questions about going back to work:
1. I currently freeze pumped breastmilk in Medela BM bags. Can I heat them directly in my Avent digital bottle warmer? Or do I need to thaw first in the fridge, then transfer to a bottle and THEN warm the bottle in the bottle warmer?
2. My pediatrician said to start pumping now to get ready to go back to work (I go back in 3 weeks) and to pump about an hour after our morning feeding. I have only done this once so far, and got 3.5 oz in just a few minutes, but I am worried that my body will think that it needs to produce more milk for an extra feeding. It's fine now, but I will not be able to keep up that extra feeding to pump once I return to work. Is there a better way to pump to stock up?
3. How many ounces would you suggest I have to start my supply? I currently have 16 oz frozen, and plan to give our nanny the pumped milk from the day before to feed my daughter. Haven't tried it yet but I am assuming I would be pumping enough for her to get through the next day??? And I'm assuming I would be using the frozen milk as backup in case she needs more while I'm gone...
4. Anyone have any tips about pumping directly into BM bags? It seems like when I pump directly into them, it doesn't give me an accurate reading of how many oz I've pumped. I've been pumping into bottles or viles to get an accurate measurement, then pouring into bags to freeze. Is there a more efficient method?