The Back-to-Work Stash
Last weekend, I wrote about building up my cloth diaper stash – something I am very happy to be putting much thought and effort into. Seriously! For the last week, though, I’ve been forced to think about another stash that…..well, not so much of a joy.
The Feeding Stash.
I have to work, there’s just no two ways about it. And assuming I deliver on my due date and everything goes well, I’ll have a little over 5 weeks from the time I bring the baby home until I have to be back in the lab. This is not up for discussion. I’m a working mother, we are not eligible for any kind of financial assistance – yah, I’ve checked – and, I may have said this before, but maternity leave in this state sucks.
But I digress….
When I first found out that I was pregnant with BBv1, the last thing I ever would have considered. I was 22 and, despite having tons of cousins that were having babies all my life, I had never been exposed to breastfeeding – the concept was just…….ew :-p But as my pregnancy went on, I started learning more about the benefits of breast milk and I thought that maybe I would pump and bottle feed both formula and breast milk. By the time I was ready to deliver, I just wanted to be all hippie-gung-ho and exclusively breast feed. After my hospital stay (that’s a whole other story), breastfeeding never happened and there was nothing to pump.
So, I determined very early on that I would succeed in breastfeeding this time, dammit!
But I also have to be practical about this. Even though I do only work two miles from home, they are two city miles – not two miles down a rural road – and regardless of which route I take, they are two mass transit miles……and there are days when it can take me more than 20 minutes to drive that two miles. So going home to breastfeed on demand is just not happening. DH will be with the baby while I am in work and therefore, bottles and their accessories are a necessity.
Earlier this week, we went to the store and bought my breast pump. I consider it a gift from my co-workers as I used some of the money I got from them at the baby shower they hosted on Monday to make the purchase ;^) Bearing in mind the lack of success I had with nursing and pumping the first time around, I felt $300 could best be spent on other things we need than on a pump that I might wind up having to unload on an internet barter site or something…..and pumping is the secondary goal anyway. So we bought the Playtex Nursing Necessities Electric Breast Pump to start out with. Once we get established, something a little more powerful may be in order (I just had a vision of Tim Allen grunting “more power” and hooking a shop-vac up to my little Playtex pump…….yikes!) but we’re going to start off with this.
That same day, as luck would have it, there were several bottles marked down on the clearance rack. I give DH full credit for finding these interesting little things because I know I would have walked right past them. Three packs of bottles to go with the MilkBank Vacuum Storage System – seven 2.5oz. feeding/storage jars – along with caps and lids – and two bottle insulators. I don’t have the vacuum to go with them yet but I’m going to order one, as well as a couple of the 4oz. bottles just because I think it’s a neat idea and could be great for pumping at work.
Last night, I was back at Babies”R”Us because there is a sale on for the next few weeks – BOGO40%off all 2 and 3 packs of bottles and BOGO40%off all bottle accessories. As the MilkBank bottles and a few standards are the only bottles I had so far, this could not have been more perfect timing! We never had a single complaint with using the Playtex disposables with BBv1 and the drop in liners started hitting the scene right about that time – how awesome was that?!? So I knew I wanted to grab some of those and wound up getting a pack of 4oz. nursers as well as some liners to go with them. A few months ago, I read about the super specially designed nipples on the Breastflow bottles and had kicked around the idea of trying them out…..but the disposable liners and the storage system to go with the pump…..just so easy. A few weeks ago however, I discovered that there are now Breastflow disposables and decided that it was just meant for me to try them and what better way to try them than to get them at almost half price? So I got a three pack of the 9oz. bottles to try out and they came with a few samples of the Ziploc drop-in liners…..at first glance, I don’t see any difference between the Ziploc and the Playtex but I guess we won’t really know until we try to use them interchangeably.
Accessory-wise, I came home last night with a Sassy No Scratch Bottle Brush – in pink, no less!! – a microwave sterilizer and a “night and day” bottle cooler/warmer. The cooler/warmer actually fits quite nicely on either of our bed tables…..but….I’m not sure to what extent it’ll be used in there. Again, pumping and bottle feeding breast milk are the secondary goal……..so I’m thinking – hoping! – for nighttime feedings, this won’t be necessary.
Anyway, I think I’m ready now……and here it is – my “Back-to-Work Stash” :^)
- Playtex Nursing Necessities Electric Pump
- Playtex Drop-Ins Storage Kit
- The First Years Night and Day Bottle Warmer System
- Playtex BPA Free Drop-Ins Nurser 4 oz. 3 Pack
(+ the two that came with the pump)
- Playtex Drop-Ins
- The First Years Breastflow BPA Free Bottle Disposables 9 oz. 3 pack
- MilkBank Bottles, etc.
- Two standard bottles
- Sassy No Scratch Bottle Brush
- Especially for Baby Microwave Sterilizer
What d’ya think? What did all you working moms have to make sure you had ready to go before returning to work?
Edit: 7.2.11, 3:34p.m.
Okay, thought I was done….but I ❤ BJ’s! 4 more bottles and 200 liners for $11!! 🙂