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Storing Breast Milk

breastfeedingAs gross as it may sound, you can’t decifer the drinkability (Ya, I said drinkability) of brestmilk by how chunky it is, or what color it’s turned. I know, if you’re not currently breastfeeding, that’s not the most appetizing topic.

So how do you know whether breastmilk is still good or not then? If it smells or tastes sour, pitch it. Mostly, taste and smell. If it’s still good, it should pretty much be odorless, and taste like sugar water still.  But there are also time lines that will help you through it.

Bottle Warmer, Bottle Shwarmer

Okay, I think every single advertiser out there is using this line, and it’s a cliche, but in this case I mean it. In this economy, and especially when you have kids, every penny counts. So believe me when I say: don’t waste your money or time on a bottle warmer.

With all the models I’ve tried, bottle warmers just seem to double the time that it takes for you to actually warm up the milk or formula in the bottle. That’s because usually a bottle warmer requires you to fill it directly with water that you heat up, and then when the water is hot enough, you insert the cold breast milk or baby formula to be warmed up by the hot water. So you’re waiting for two liquids to heat up. Usually 5-1o minutes for the water to heat up, then 5-10 minutes for the actual breast milk or formula to heat up.

Also, because the bottle warmer has so many parts, it’s usually pretty tough to clean. That, and they are usually electrical, so you can’t submerge them in water to really get all the gunk out. The result is, bacteria accumulates in the bottle warmer, and whatever water you put in there will become contaminated. In result, when you put the bottle that needs to be warmed up in the water, bacteria then gets transferred on the bottle, which then gets transferred to your hands, which then gets to your baby. Capishe?

So what’s the solution? Listen to mom! Do it the traditional way!

  1. Heat up some water either on the stove in a 1 qt. sauce pan, or in the microwave in a 1 qt. microwavable bowl.
  2. Then, submerge the bottle that needs warmed up in the hot water up to the top level of the liquid inside of it. So if there are three ounces of milk or formula inside the bottle, submerge the bottle up to the 3 oz line.
  3. Always take the cap off, or the liquid inside the bottle may overheat.
  4. Keep testing the liquid temperature by spraying some on your wrist.
  5. NEVER put a baby bottle directly in the microwave to heat up, because the microwave will heat the milk or formula unevenly, even scorching parts of it.

You’ll see that in most cases, it takes the simplest and cheapest system to achieve most things rather than spending like $20 on a complicated contraption. And seriously, who has time to read directions any more? babyeating

Bottle for Breastfed Babies

Adiri Natural Nurser

Before this bottle came along, my breastfed babies would refuse to eat when I’d leave the house. Leaving my breastfed first-born with my husband was hell, because he’d literally scream the whole time I was gone because he was hungry and would not eat from regular bottle nipples.

But Adiri Natural Nurser finally figured it out for breastfed babies. Its wider nipple diameter and shorter, rounder tip shape simulate the comfort of an actual breast. It goes in stages, like any other bottle, in increments of three months. It also has features to prevent colic – its “leak-resistant Petal vent prevente your baby from ingesting extra air,” the bottle’s package highlights. It is also BPA free.

The only negative aspect of this breastfed baby-friendly bottle is that unlike other bottles, the nipple and actual bottle are all one piece, and the bottle is kind of expensive. So when your breastfed baby surpasses each stage, you can’t just buy a new nipple, you have to buy a whole new bottle with cap and everything. Also, it is not dishwasher safe, and you should not submerge it in water.

Despite those small setbacks, this bottle for breastfed babies still received the “Medical Design Award” for assisting the transfer from a breast to a bottle. It was about time someone made this product! It’s one of those things we all wished existed and alas, it finally exists! Now why didn’t I think of that?!

Oh, by the way…it’s much cheaper to buy this bottle on amazon than it is to buy it from a retail store. It’s about half the cost, and well worth it.

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