Pump at work Ep 4 – Freehand pumping

Updated with my review after receiving my Freemie!

halfmummy, quarterwife, a full time working babe

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Freemie. Pump with bra and shirt on.

Have been using medela freestyle all along and i have been very happy with the handsfree function. I always think that it is the best handsfree pump until I joined the facebook group called Exclusive Breastfeeding Mums and discover FREEMIE!

Let me share with you what is Freemie all about. It is a milk collector cup that allow you to use it as “milk bottles” and pump straight into it. The only differences with the normal milk bottle is that:

  • You can pump with shirt on as it stuck in behind your bra
  • You could not feed your baby using this cup as it does not act as a bottle

According to the website, it does not compatible with other pump but Freedom. However, a lot of review shows that it is compatible with Spectra M1 and S1 and also +9. Medela also can…

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Pump at work Ep 5 – Effective storage on the go

For full time working mummy, you must have been bringing tons of bag to work right?

When I was an auditor, I have a laptop bag, handbag, nursing bag and a recycle bag that I keep my files. It is very bulky and every time when I move around, I look like I am moving house! LOL

Then after I changed my job, I have a better life. I bring handbag and a nursing bag and improved my storage more effectively.

I keep my pump in a container (you can use zip lock bag as it actually save more space) so that I can rinse my pump using the container. It look like this.

 

Container 🙂

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You can read about how I wash my pump here.

Then I keep this together with my cooler bag in my Medela bag.

 

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Medela bag can fit in:

  1. Small bottle of bottle detergent
  2. Hand santinizer
  3. Cooler bag
  4. Pump
  5. Pump parts packed in container
  6. Storage bag
  7. Small napkin x 2
  8. Charger
  9. Wet tissue
  10. Tissues
  11.  Handphone
  12. Clutch

 

Verdict:

It give a lot of space and it looks neat. A lot of compartment and easy to get hold of things. I tried put all the things to my handbag but I get a little bit messy when I try to search for a tissue 😛

It ease my washing as I can use the container straight – rinse and keep in fridge.

The only thing is everyone know I am pumping because of the Medela bag!

 

Zip lock bag 🙂

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If you decided to use the zip lock bag way, it save ample of space for you. Chuck this in your hand bag and you can move around.

I will only do this when I only pump once outside or I will bring two set of parts because obviously I am in a rush when I do this.

 

Verdict:

It save up a lot of space but it gets a bit messy when I want to do my washing. I normally do this when I am rushing and I will pick up two sets of pump and wash all of them when I am home.

Change the Zip lock bag for every use ya.. Hygiene is important 🙂

 

Soft bag 🙂

If you want to bring out all your pumps and put in your handbag, you can do this way too.

 

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Make a guess how much does this cost?

Only SGD2! You believe it? This is actually a very good idea if you intend to bring only one bag.

Also,this is canvas material therefore it is waterproof and you would not wet the outer part of the bag if you wash put back your pump parts after you wash it.

Good idea?

*credit to mummy drey drey for this fab idea

 

Verdict:

It is very very compact. Light packing and on the go style. But with this I actually take longer time to wash my pump because I need to wash and dry up the part a bit before I can keep my pump away.

 

Pump at work Ep 4 – Freehand pumping

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Freemie. Pump with bra and shirt on.

Have been using medela freestyle all along and i have been very happy with the handsfree function. I always think that it is the best handsfree pump until I joined the facebook group called Exclusive Breastfeeding Mums and discover FREEMIE!

Let me share with you what is Freemie all about. It is a milk collector cup that allow you to use it as “milk bottles” and pump straight into it. The only differences with the normal milk bottle is that:

  • You can pump with shirt on as it stuck in behind your bra
  • You could not feed your baby using this cup as it does not act as a bottle

According to the website, it does not compatible with other pump but Freedom. However, a lot of review shows that it is compatible with Spectra M1 and S1 and also +9. Medela also can be use but may face backflow problems. This then can be resolve by purchasing backflow protector kits.

Spectra +9 with Freemie

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Spectra M1 with Freemie

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Medela FS with Freemie

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Review.

Pro:

It is so quiet to be used and that it made me possible to pump at desk. I no longer need to hold on my bottles when pumping nor require me to buy additional bra or strap for the handsfree functtion. There are not much part to wash – only the cup. It is very good when one want to do power pump as it made the 10min 5min method bearable. Very good for heavy pump user.

Con: It affect my supply initially as the suction is not strong enough. However, I manage to adapt to it soon after. Could not direct feed from the cup collector so have to pour out and this is so sad for a low supply mum like me – waste of milk. The cup is frosted so I can see my letdown and there’s no measurement.

Verdict: If you are a heavy pump user then it is very good for you. But for long run, it is still advisable to use pump with flange because it work much better in terms of suction.

Read more about my Freemie and Medela FS here!

Pump at work Ep 3 – Milk handling & storage

How you store your milk? As a working mum, baby are taken care by in law, parents or child care. Thus, milk storage come in as a very important method to ensure efficient and effective feeding both for you and your child taker.

All the below is merely a sharing of how I store and handle thus, it is not medically proven correct. It is base on my experience of two child and own research.

There are a few important thing to note.

  • How to combine milk that I pumped at different session?

Every time when i pump at work, I will date the time and date. When I reach home I will put all the EBM in the fridge for 2-3 hours. This is to ensure the milk are in same temperature. Milk can only be combined at the same temperature.

I will combine the milk that is of nearest date and time.

  • How much to store?

I store according to my baby feed. For now, I store 4oz per storage bag / bottle. I will normally use bottle so that I will waste less milk. If you use bottle and storage bag, you will know what I mean by waste less milk (the milk will stain on the bottle).

As my baby grew bigger, I prefer to use storage bag as it allows me to store 6oz per bag. I personally tried a few different brand of storage bag and I am a fonder of Autumnz and Honey suckle.

  • What type of storage bag / bottle to use?

I am using medela freestyle thus wide neck bottle does fine.

I have tried a few brand and I settle with Bumble Bee as it does not leak like jingle bell. I also tried avent, safety plus, medela and momslittleone. So that is total of about 6 different brand (LMAO – I am crazy).

There are also a few brands that I tried for storage bag. Autumnz, Honey Suckle, Avent, Green Sprout, NUK, Jaco and Bittato. Honestly, the list will just go on and on as there are too many brands out there. From all the above I tried, I love Autumnz and Honey Suckle the best because they are double zip bag and have never ever fail me before. Meaning, never leak. Others, I have either experience leaking or it is just too expensive to use. NUK is the worst. Jaco also is another favourite of mine when I am looking for a storage bag that I can heat up the milk. You can just heat the milk up in the bag.

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FAQ of EP mummy

 

  • Can I refreeze my FM?

No. Once you thaw your FM, you cannot refreeze it.

  • How to thaw my FM?

You take out the milk from freezer and put in fridge. Normally I will put in a bowl of water then in the fridge. It will take about 8 hours to thaw. Use the milk 24 hours after thaw. Discard after 24 hours.

  • Can I store back the milk that my baby do not finished?

You can keep it but within 1 hour. 1 hour time taken into consideration that you start feeding.

  • What is the temperate of the storage guideline?

I used to refer to this table.

Update: Reader have been frequently asking about the freezer compartment – 2 week storage guideline. This actually refer to one door fridge (the older style). If your fridge is a two door compartment separate the freezer and non-freezer, then it can last up to 3 months.

HUMAN MILK STORAGE – QUICK REFERENCE CARD
Temperature Storage Time
Freshly expressed milk
Warm room 80-90°F / 27-32°C 3-4 hours
Room temperature 61-79°F / 16-26°C 4-8 hours
(ideal: 3-4 hours)
Insulated cooler / ice packs 59°F / 15°C 24 hours
Refrigerated Milk (Store at back, away from door)
Refrigerator (fresh milk) 32-39°F / 0-4°C 3-8 days
(ideal: 72 hrs)
Refrigerator (thawed milk) 32-39°F / 0-4°C 24 hours
Frozen Milk (Do not refreeze! Store at back, away from door/sides)
Freezer compartment inside refrigerator (older-style) Varies 2 weeks
Self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator/freezer <39°F / <4°C 6 months
Separate deep freeze 0°F / -18°C 12 months
(ideal: 6 months)
These guidelines are for milk expressed for a full-term healthy baby.  If baby is seriously ill and/or hospitalized, discuss storage guidelines with baby’s doctor.

Hope these are useful to you 🙂

Pump at work Ep 2 – Pump Schedule

Worried that boss may not like it that I took up a lot of time pumping.

Started work and finally I settled with my awesome pump schedule 🙂

Always committed with my midnight pump because it helps to maintain my milk supply and hopefully do some wonder by increasing it.

  • 2am (30mins)
  • 5am (15mins)
  • 9am (10mins)
  • 12nn (20mins)
  • 4pm (15mins)
  • 7pm (20mins)
  • 10pm (20mins)

As you can see, I will need to pump 3 times in my office at least if I do not work overtime, Therefore, I will settle back with about 10 to 12oz . Each pump time I will take about 10-20mins depending on work schedule.

Sometimes if i am too busy I will move the 9am to 10am then continue with 2pm then 6pm. These days I will pump only 6 times per day.

Have a nice day!

 

Pumping at work Ep 1 – Wash and Pump

Officially start work.

 

For my whole confinement leave, I have been planning and thinking what to bring and how to pump during my work time. Worry that I could not pump on time, what boss and colleague would think of my pumping schedule, heavy bags and things to bring and tadaaa.. I ended up bringing three bags and one ice box to work on first day of work. Such a drama queen.

Then moving forward I can actually pack my stuff better in a more compact way.

 

Let’s take a peep what is in my bag 🙂

 

  1. Medela freestyle pump
  2. Assembled parts (breastshield with valve and membrane)
  3. Cover
  4. Small bottle of pureen bottle wash liquid cleanser
  5. Wet and dry tissue

 

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All these can actually fit in my medela bag – Awesome!

Often, people ask me,

 

How you wash your pump?

 

Well, I do not wash my pump – in a way. What I do is, I would rinse them in hot water and put them back in my tupperware container and keep in fridge for the next use.

Occasionally, if my breast milk is oily then I will put in two drops of liquid cleanser into the water to soak my pump. I do not disassemble the parts but just close the container and toss my parts in the water. Then, I will rinse them twice, warm water and hot water. After that I will keep them in the fridge for the next use.

Some mummy may say the liquid cleanser will get stuck in between the breastshield and valve if I do not disassemble them. So I tried to observe and I do not notice any bubbles. The parts feels squeaky clean.

Once, I met a few colleagues in the nursing room and they share with me how they clean and keep their pump parts.

  • Mummy 1. Instead of keep the parts in container, she put in a zip lock bag. After every pump, she will use the wet tissue (she is using pigeon hand and mouth wet wipes) to clean the membranes, valves and breastshields.
  • Mummy 2. Another mummy keep the pump parts separately, using both container and air dry bag. After every pump, she will disassemble the parts and wash them using liquid cleanser (sometimes without) and brush. She will air dry the parts using a special air dry bag and keep the parts back in container once they are dry.

Out of curiosity, I observe how different it makes between them and myself, in terms of time take for each pumping session.

 

Review 1 time taken for each pump

 

  • Mummy 1 She pumped for 20mins (double pump) and spend 2mins to clean her pump parts. In total she took only about 25-30mins to get back to desk.
  • Mummy 2 She pumped for 30mins (single pump and 15mins for each breast) and 15mins to wash and keep her pump parts. In total she took about 45-60mins to get back to desk.
  • I pumped for 20mins (double pump) and spend about 5mins to clean the pump parts. In total I take about 30-35mins to get back to desk.

 

Review 2 things to bring to work

 

  • Mummy 1 She use her handbag (medium size long champ) to put everything in. Fabulous.
  • Mummy 2 She use her autumn bag which is bigger than the mummy 1’s bag.
  • I use my medela bag and in fact I can still put in my purse and mobile in and ready to go. Medela bag is about the same size as the medium size long champ which have a lot of compartments. Super useful.

 

Any mummy want to share your tips how you pump at work? Appreciate your sharing here *wink*

 

I am sharing my pump schedule work here!