When I direct feed Z, I don’t know how much he’s consuming. Well, I will never know. Tak perlu catu berapa ounces, tak perlu timing berapa jam. That’s the beauty of breastfeeding. Demand versus supply. Whenever, wherever.
However, for a working BF mommy like me, I need to make sure the EBM’s for Z are enough to last from 8.30am to 6.30pm. I have a system to make sure the EBM management is efficient and tak kelam kabut. Wahh, ada system tu!
Every morning, I pack 6 bottles of 4oz of EBM for Z. I labelled the bottles from 1 to 6 following the age of the EBM. FIFO style. The babysitter just need to warm the EBM according to the numbered sequence.
Basically, bottle 1 is the EBM frozen. I will thaw one pack from upper freezer to the bottom compartment before going to bed. Esok pagi dah cair dah. Bottles 2 to 5 are the ones from the previous day pumping sessions. Lastly, bottle 6 is from the 5am morning pumping session. Tu yang paling fresh la. Terus bawak pegi babysitter.
When do I replenish the frozen EBM? Weekend je masanya mengisi freezer balik. I don’t have excess to freeze on weekdays as Z needs 24oz per day. The day pumping session cukup2 je untuk consumption dia next day. I’m trying my best not to use up the frozen EBM kalau fresh supply cukup. I prefer giving him more fresh milk than frozen. Frozen untuk saat-saat emergency sahaja. So masa weekend, I try to pump after feeding and kumpul la sikit2 EBM (lama2 jadi bukit) as frozen stock.
So far I’m pumping out 4oz to 5oz per session (2oz to 3oz from each side – double pumping). Takde la banyak mana compared to orang lain. Tapi Alhamdulillah, cukup untuk Baby Z.
I have yet to try Power Pumping which is said to be proven of boosting the milk supply. I tell myself I have to try it one day. I need to find the time. I will find the time.
BF mommies out there, please share your system with me.