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I breastfed both my girls for more than 10 months. At times I struggled. Pumping helped me a lot. When I had to store milk I used Lansinoh bags for the milk that I wanted to freeze and and normal baby bottles with a lid, for the expressed milk to be consumed within a day or so.
Of all the bags I tried Lansinoh were the best.
1) Have a double zip to avoid risks of leaks
2) Although they don’t stand up alone, if you lay them flat in your freezer, they can be then stored and organised very efficiently (see below). This is very important if your freezer is not so big and if you have a large amount of milk to store.
3) The write-on tab is located above the fill area to eliminate potential puncture.
4) High quality, strong and durable. Perfect if you have to store milk next to other packaged products in your freezer.
5) Once defrosted they pour very easily into the bottle
6) BPA free.
1) When you freeze your bags, try to get them as flat as possible and with as little air pockets as possible. They will stack better.
2) To have a neater freezer and to find more easily the oldest milk, you can try to group 5/6 bags in a Ziplock bag with the first and last dates on.
3) Never overfill
If your baby is going through a growth spurt, and you feel your milk supply is ‘not enough’, you might want to try a totally natural remedy that worked really well for me.
Buy 50 gr of Fenugreek seeds and 50 gr of Fennel seeds. Neal’s Yard has some good ones but you can find these seeds in most health-food shops. Mix your seeds and put them in a closed jar. Bring to the boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixed seeds. Take off the stove and leave to simmer for 10 minutes. Your ‘milk tea’ is ready to be drunk. Drink one cup on the first day. Repeat the operation on the second day and this time drink two cups. Usually you can see some improvement on the second day. If you don’t, continue with two cups a day for a few days.
Herbal remedies have not been proven scientifically to increase milk supply, but they’ve been used by mums for hundred of years with varying degrees of success. Fenugreek and Fennel are generally considered safe, so you can try them along with other methods such as expressing, drinking lots of water and feeding your baby more often.
Have realistic expectations: you might be surprised by the results.