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    Default Need help with expressing!

    I just sterilised a couple of bottles yesterday to start expressing every now and then. They are in the fridge empty at the moment. I don't have a pump though so I will be doing it by hand.....
    1. Do you get much pumping by hand?
    2. How much would I need for a 3 month old? (I think someone said 120ml?)
    3. When do you pump?
    4. Can I express straight into a cold bottle from the fridge or does it have to be at room temp? (I know the milk has to be at the same temp before you mix it)
    5. What else could I use to express into?
    TIA !!

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    Here is some info on hand expressing
    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/hand-expressing

    And some articles on expressing and storing breastmilk.
    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-...ing-breastmilk

    I only ever stored small amounts, because if bub wasn't interested there wasn't as much wasted. Also my LO only took 50 - 80ml at a time (and sometimes less).

    I found expressing best in the morning.

    You can express into anything that is clean. A bowl would be fine, and then tip into whatever you are storing in.

    Bottles (and pumps) for ebm don't need to be sterilised. Washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well is fine.

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    OP, get some breast milk storage bags, once you've expressed just store in that so that you don't need so many bottles.

    I have never expressed by hand but imagine it would be quite difficult for larger quantities? Definitely consider a pump if you will be expressing semi regularly (keep an eye on sales).

    Also recommend storing & heating small quantities as PP said so that you reduce waste.

    Also bear in mind that your baby may not take a bottle with EBM.

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    Yeah I know bub might not want to take a bottle but it would help SO much if she would so no harm in trying. I only have 4 bottles anyway (only washed 2). But thanks for your help! I will try and express tomorrow morning, when I have heaps of milk and see how much I get by hand. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JungleMum View Post
    OP, get some breast milk storage bags, once you've expressed just store in that so that you don't need so many bottles.
    Where can you buy them from?

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    I also express of a morning. Bub only feeds on one side so I express the other.

    When first trying the bottle, my hubby gave it to her for her first morning feed- when shes the hungriest! She does sleep through the night so she is very hungry of a morning!

    Sent from my GT-I9305T using The Bub Hub mobile app

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    OP, I bought some from the chemist yesterday.

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    Snack size zip lock bags also work well to store milk in. Just chop a corner off to empty them into the bottle.

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    Great idea thanks!


 

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