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    Default Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Need help!!! I am at work with no storage bags and just 2 bottles of 5oz. I have to pump 3 times and I usually get between 12 - 13 oz. Bottles have a little extra space. I will try to pump in the same botlles the 3 times. I am new on BF and pumping. I'm proud to tell I'm 100% BF after hard times in the first 2 months . I usually store my milk in my work fridge every time I pump until I go home and use my cooler bag. My question is: Can I use the bottles everytime I pump, leave my milk there in the fridge and use it again with my next pump? Will my milk be damaged? I will appreciate all your advices.

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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    yes you can. i have also used an empty water bottle in a pinch. not recomended but it was necessary
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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Thank you ladies for your help. I got so scared that my milk will be bad.

    @ Jenna
    (yes you can. i have also used an empty water bottle in a pinch. not recomended but it was necessary )
    This is a great idea!!!, it might be my lifesaver. Thanks

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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Do you have any way to get a hold of some clean ziploc bags? Something like that could work in a pinch too.
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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    And when I have totally forgotten everything I have pumped into unused pop cups. I learned to keep a bag of bags (which I rarely used otherwise) in a pocket on my pump bag. FTR I tried to just bring in the bottles I would be feeding LO from tomorrow and pump directly into those. No mess, no extra work.
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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*durhamgrrl View Post
    And when I have totally forgotten everything I have pumped into unused pop cups. I learned to keep a bag of bags (which I rarely used otherwise) in a pocket on my pump bag. FTR I tried to just bring in the bottles I would be feeding LO from tomorrow and pump directly into those. No mess, no extra work.
    I had two sets of bottles. And would just alternate between them. Made it much easier than pouring, and swapping, and storing. Etc. I kept a box of bags in my desk and any leftover went into a bag to freeze. I would even drop the bottles off with my DCP at the end of the day for the next day too. I was late to work too many times because I would have to turn around and go back home to get them.
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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Better to forget your bags than forget your pump! I've done both! You can pump into your bottles and if they overflow, decant the milk into ANY other kind of storage you have handy or could run out and buy at the store.

    WRT to the forgotten pump, I made a lunch break run to a nearby Target and bought a hand pump. Stupid, but worth the $30 to not have to hand-express into a bottle (some women are great at hand expressing, I'm not one of them). You do what you gotta do!


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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    You can just keep pumping into the same bottles all day. I do it all the time. Makes mixing the bottles, to distribute the milk fat, pretty easy

    I keep a few spare bags in my car, in my purse, in my diaper bag. Because I hate it when this happens. And I will fill those suckers up. Way past the line if I have to. And then pour off the extra at home later.
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    Default Re: Oh!!! no, no, no, help, help

    Thank you so much for your advices.

    1st pump: I left BM in the bottles, 2nd pump: I poured into a water bottle, I pumped in the two bottles and they are still in the fridge. My next pump: I will poured BM that is still in the fridge into the same water bottle and pump again in the 2 bottles. It is a little more work, but I'll do whatever for my baby.
    In the future I will have storage bags everywhere like "aprilsmagic", but it is true: Better to forget your bags than forget your pump!

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