Happy Monday everyone! I didn’t realize it is almost July. How can time fly so fast? And to add to that, Zeeka is growing up so fast. I used to just cradle her in my arms. I remember her being so tiny. Now she’s this bright and very active little lady. She just learned how to walk a week ago, and now, I need to follow her around the house. She loves exploring.
She is such a darling — and now that she discovered walking, she tries to be more independent! It’s so funny since she doesn’t want to hold my hands anymore, but you could see her still wobble when standing at times. As for eating, she eats anything. I try to stick to the healthy stuff though. I still get to nurse her once in a while, but she doesn’t look for me anymore (🙁). I used to think that I would not be able to breastfeed for a long time, but I surprised myself and I am still breastfeeding until now (Zeeka is now 15 months going on 16 months; I was exclusively breastfeeding for 12 months). For my mommy readers and mommy friends, just continue to breastfeed your child. You will miss it!
For breastfeeding, one of the tools that helped me a lot were breastmilk storage bags. If you plan to breastfeed for a long time, you need to realize that your production really just depends on how well you understand the law of supply and demand. When you create a demand, your body prepares and creates milk. If you think you’re not producing enough breastmilk, then have your baby latch more often. If you need to go to work, keep that steady supply of milk by expressing milk and storing it more often.
I’m not a ‘great’ breastmilk producer. I envy moms who can express more than 5 ounces of milk every time they pump. I never exceeded that amount and we’re talking about my production in total for each time that I sit. I know of a friend who produced around 16-22 ounces every time she expresses milk. If you are like her, good for you (and I envy you… hehe!).
Now going back, one of the tools that I love and had to buy every so often were Breastmilk Storage Bags. I recently found a brand that I would like to recommend to expecting mommies and first time parents out there. The brand is Honeysuckle Breastmilk Storage Bags. What do I like about it?
One is that it’s double zippered. That is one thing I really look for in a breastmilk storage bag. I know that the other brands with one zipper also guarantees freshness, but I think it’s my OC-ness that I’d like to be extra sure about where I store my liquid gold. Having two zippers makes me worry less about my milk leaking from the plastic.
And speaking of plastic, the material that Honeysuckle breastmilk storage bags is oxo-biodegradable and BPA free. How great is that that it’s green! The plastic is also thick and is strong (doesn’t tear easily). Also, I just have a small freezer so I really need to maximize the space so that I can get to store a lot of breastmilk. What I look for is that the storage bags should be flat so that I can place one plastic on top of the other. With this strategy, I get to store more breastmilk even if I have limited space.
Aside from that, when I heat breastmilk, I heat it from the plastic and transfer it after into a bottle. What I like about Honeysuckle Breastmilk storage bags is that it has a poour spout that eliminates spills.
Here are some handling and storage guidelines from Honeysuckle.
These are the features that I look for in breastmilk storage bag. Honeysuckle is one of the brands that I really recommend, since I love its features!
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Watch out for my next recommendation for pregnant and expecting couples — Belly Armor!