I’ve been keeping a list of questions in regards to pumping…
- Is it okay to freeze milk that you pump at work (i.e. has been refrigerated for most of the day)?
- Do you thoroughly clean the breast shield thingies after you pump every time? I have been rinsing them after each session and then cleaning them when I get home.
- What do you transport the breast shield thingies in? I have to get them from the Mother’s Room to the kitchen to rinse and then back to my desk, so I don’t want to just carry them, if you know what I mean. I find that milk and then water gets in whatever bag I use and would like something better.
- I’ve been pumping until I get enough for one bottle (I do two pumping sessions and get about 10 oz. total – baby is taking 8 oz. for now, but I think he’ll go for more once he takes to the bottle better). It takes me approximately 10 minutes to get 5 oz. Should I be going the full 15-20 minutes or is it okay to just go until I have what I need for the next day? Note: I’m comfortable with my freezer stash and don’t really have room for a lot more. I just don’t want to do anything that will screw with my supply long-term.