Breast Milk Storage Guidelines!
Please use this spreadsheet! Become a subscriber and get this as a printable PDF and access to my FREE Mom Resource Library, this WILL make your life just a little bit easier. If you are like me, the first few weeks of having a newborn was much more than just a challenge. Trying to remember anything on 2-4 hours of sleep, let alone squeezing in a shower, was a major accomplishment. Seriously, I felt I could have auditioned as a Walking Dead Zombie and would have nailed it!
After 6 weeks, I had to return to work full time. I still breast fed for 6 months and I pumped in the morning, at work (very glamorous), and once more at night. To keep my sanity, I made some cheat sheets. Before having to use day care, I was fortunate to have family watch Sofia for about 8 months. Having this Breast Milk Storage spreadsheet eliminated any questions they may have had on storage or thawing breast milk. Please share this with other moms and caregivers!
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Breastfeeding Time Chart:
Aside from this cheat sheet I also made a Breastfeeding Time Chart. New Moms, this time chart is also featured in my FREE Resource Library. This was to help me and my husband have an idea of when the next feeding was. Especially in the beginning, when you are feeding literally around the clock.
My time chart has the day and time you would start to nurse and then a 2 hour projected and 3 hour projected column. I would write down the time I started to breastfeed, and then calculate the two next projected breastfeeding times. Then when I actually started breastfeeding again I would write that in. Sounds like a lot, I know….BUT this gave me a pretty good idea of a quasi breastfeeding schedule for the day or night. My husband and I could check and say OK she is basically eating every 2 hours, or YAY! she is lasting almost every 2.5 – 3 hours etc. This was also helpful for me to take naps or try to have a strategy to my day.
Be sure to check out my post on my Top 10 Breastfeeding Essentials!
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