Baby Led Weaning

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Ladies, feel free to express yourselves…

Righto, Aitch here. I have NO IDEA what this is going to look like on the page but since an interesting expressing chat has broken out out the main page I thought I would give it a bit more prominence by cutting and pasting it to here as I'm sure it is a subject a lot of people will be interested in.

So if you wouldn't mind posting any further thoughts at the bottom of this in the usual 'leave comment' style, that would be great, as I think it was getting a bit buried on the other. Fingers crossed it works…

Re: Welcome to Baby Led Weaning – two friends, two babies, no spoons…
The Momma
on Wed 16 Aug 2006 21:49 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
So great to find information about baby-led
weaning. My local authority is promoting baby-led weaning. My little
one is four months old and I can't wait for her to experience real food
not mush!!! Going back to work when she is eight months old. Worried
how much expressed milk I will have to send her to nursery with. Will I
have to install a milking shed in my back garden??? How much milk feed
will she need then? Any idea???????

Re: Re: Welcome to Baby Led Weaning – two friends, two babies, no spoons…
on Wed 16 Aug 2006 22:02 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Don't panic, you'll be fine. I believe what
people do is breastfeed in the morning and in the evenings and a lot of
babies manage fine with water and solids during the day. so while you
might still want to send in some expressed breast milk it shouldn't be
too much.
i formula feed and i am with the baby all day but even i have noticed
that she drinks much, much less milk during the day now that she has
water and finger foods.
what's your local authority, by the way?

Clever Authority
The Momma
on Thu 17 Aug 2006 09:26 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Ta for quick reply. Authority is Staffordshire
Moorlands. Went to Weaning talk already to go forth and buy pots, ice
cube trays, plastiuc spoons, etc and came out elated!!! BLW is whet
everyone should be doing. Trying to spread the word to my
Stoke-on-Trent minded friends. One has held off shoveling baby rice
down her child's throat until she sees me today for a rehash of the
talk!!! Health Visitor use UNICEF/Gill R info to deliver and gave

Glad to hear I won't have to give nursery loads of milk. Guess I will have to see how much milk having in four months!!

When should I be putting my little babe in high chair at table with
us? Any tips on best chair to buy? Talk suggested when she could sit up
by self.

Re: Clever Authority
on Thu 17 Aug 2006 11:04 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
might i direct you to Top Tips: Buying a Highchair…?

personally, i can't recommend the white plastic one from Ikea too
highly. it costs £11.99 but i'd buy it again at five times the price.

Re: Re: Clever Authority
on Thu 17 Aug 2006 21:13 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
just to agree with Aitch the IKEA white
plastic one is great its cheap and easy to clean. Boomer was in one
from pretty much bang on six months, and it was actually in the swedish
monster foodhall. Also having used a variety of highchairs in various
restraunts the IKEA one is the best for younger babies as they don't
loll about. but i've also seen much bigger kids in them too.

Re: Re: Welcome to Baby Led Weaning – two friends, two babies, no spoons…
on Thu 17 Aug 2006 21:26 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi Momma

My little one is 7 months old now and I have been back at work 3 weeks.
I work Wed Thur Fri and am out of the house from 8-7. I express three
times at work and only manage to get 9-10oz at the moment. I send her
to nursery with 2 bottles of the expressed milk from the day before and
a small bottle of formula. Everything I express on Friday I store until
the following Wednesday. I use a small lager fridge to keep it cool at
work. I thought it would be very difficult to carry on feeding while at
work but haven't found it too bad….Good luck


Work and Expressing
The Momma
on Fri 18 Aug 2006 10:30 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi JennT

Do express each morning and have a freezer fridge drawer full of
milk!!! Him without the mammories feeds her on a Sat and Sun evening
while I cook us yummy food!!! Get between 1 1/2 and 5 Fl ozs in ten
minutes. Using a Avent ISIS hand pump at the moment. Is it worth me
buying electric pump? If so, which is good? Will it be any quicker?
Only got 1 1/5 ozs this am. Hardly seemed worth getting the pump out
the steriliser for!!!!

Re: Work and Expressing
on Fri 18 Aug 2006 20:07 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi Momma,

I only manage to get 3-4oz each time but I have never managed to get
much unless I'm engorged. I have an Isis hand pump but bought an Ameda
Lactaline and love it. It's much quicker as it's a double pump, and you
don't have loads of bits to sterilise (2 bits per boob). I only
sterilise it once a day and just give it a good hot wash in between.
It's light, portable and quiet. I PROMISE I DON'T WORK FOR THEM!


Re: Re: Work and Expressing
on Fri 18 Aug 2006 21:14 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
And for the record, I've tried the medela mini
electric and the ameda lactaline and the ameda one, while at least
twice the price, is infinitely better. Can't tell you how important it
is to get a quiet breast pump….

Expressing Pump
The Momma
on Sun 20 Aug 2006 09:58 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi expressing Mothers-

Thanks for advice about electric pumps. Will look at Amelia Lactaline.
Quiet pump sounds good – do not want my whole work place to know what
I'm up to!!!!!
Guess I'll be off to IKEA next week to check out their high chair. Will
I be able to hold myself back from buying yet another set of three
scissoors or plastic children's plates??? Am on no pay from Sept so I'd

IKEA sell cheap shower curtains for protecting floor and also seem
to remember buying blue wipeable cover for floor for £2 a while ago.

Re: Re: Re: Welcome to Baby Led Weaning – two friends, two babies, no spoons…
on Sat 19 Aug 2006 22:22 BST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
Hi Jenn,

I am starting to express so i can leave my 6 month daughter for a whole
day and was just wondering .. if you express 3 times in one day at
work, do you have to sterilize the pump each time (or do you hand
express?) I am getting quite confused on the best way to do it which is
viable when out and about. The whole sterilizing thing phases me out as
up until now I've only breastfeed.


Okay, that's the cut and pasted bit (just think of it as one long enormous comment post) so now we can reply to each other in the normal way. Thanks for your co-operation, I just didn't want this interesting discussion to get lost in the depths of the Main Page comments,
much obliged,

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10 Responses to “Ladies, feel free to express yourselves…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Actually, the reason I (indolent, slothful type of gal that I am) wanted a quiet pump was so that I could have a cup of tea, a biscuit or six and watch the television while expressing. It was very frustrating to see the break-up of Dev and Sunita's relationship happening in glorious technicolour but not be able to hear what they were saying.
    (Oh those poor little twins… I was obsessed, by the way, by the fact that they never appeared to be fed and would occasionally find myself shouting at the screen 'that's why they are crying, you dozy mare, because you aren't giving them anything to eat!').
    Anyway, the Medela Mini is a noisy little bugger, whereas you can even hear little Rosie Webster whispering sweet nothings to her big unlucky lunk of a boyfriend over the quiet thrum of the Ameda Lactaline. And that, my friends, gives you an idea of my sense of priorities.
    By the way, I've always wanted to ask… when you express at work do you do it in a bathroom cubicle? Do you think passers-by might hear the noise and assume that you are up to something else in there?

  2. Anonymous says:

    So Expressing……
    I have been doing it for 3 weeks at work now. When I requested reduced hours with my boss before I went back to work, I put it in writing (which you need to do before you go back to work) that I am breastfeeding, intended to carry on when I went back to work and would need to take breaks to express during the day. The personnel manager basically asked me what I would need and worked out what we could do in the situation we had. I am the first person in the company (I am told) to request it so it was new territory for them.
    I manage a pharmacy, and we have quite a few scattered over the country, all with different set-ups with regards to office space (some have none), stock rooms and staff facilities. My shop has a large office which the area manager uses a few times a week, with the staff break facilities and loo in. I made it clear I wasn't prepared to express in the toilet and that I would be happy to use a corner of the office, if we could rig up some sort of curtain. What we agreed on was a few of those free standing notice boards, you can pin stuff on, in the corner of the office.
    I take in every morning some pre sterilised bottles, some ice packs for transporting milk to nursery and back from work in a cool bag and for the Wed Thur Fri I work, leave my breast pump there. I have a cold water sterilising bucket which I leave at work and sterilise the pump once a day. In between expressing, I wash it thouroughly in hot soapy water. The Ameda Lactaline I use only has 4 bits to wash, even though it's a double pump. The other parts are sterilisable, but it isn't necessary as they shouldn't come in to contact with any milk. It is steam and chemical sterilisable but not microwave sterilisable. The white valves though are very fragile, so be careful when washing them. I have ripped one already, but they are very cheap to buy replacements online from 'Express Yourself Mums'.
    I have to say it's a faff and a palaver to break off in the middle of doing something, and no doubt little one will survive on formula for the 33 hours I am not with her, but it does mean I shouldn't loose my supply.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'm the boss so will be getting a lock on my door. What shall I put on the sign???
    'Come back in 10' 'Milking in Progress' 'I'm Busy' 'Boobs Ahoy' 'Lactating Now'
    Please send any suggestions.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dull reply to humorous comment: by law your employer must provide somewhere to express which is not the toilets.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Dairy is OPEN
    I'll be in here 'til the cows come home
    The Secret Dairy of (add name here) aged (add age here)

  6. Anonymous says:

    the Dairy of a Nobody?
    (i like the adrian mole one best so far…)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow a whole new folder!!! Ta Aitch.

  8. Anonymous says:

    use it wisely, dear friend…

  9. Anonymous says:

    I went back to work part-time at 10 weeks and have been expressing all the while, I have a Medela mini-electic, it is noisy I suppose but I was offered it for free so can't complain.. It runs on batteries so I do use the bathroom, it is a single cubicle bathroom with a sink and some surface and it's only used by the 4 women in our office so I wasn't too worried about cleanliness etc. I simply wash to parts in hot water with washing up liquid during the day and sterilise in the steamer overnight. The expressed milk just goes in Lanisoh bags in a tupperware in the work fridge until I leave, then I freeze it when I get home. No problems so far and the little one has just turned 10 months old and I am still brestfeeding and still expressing…
    I couldn't get a hand-held to work at all so agree with the other comments that an electric pump is a must really, you can get good deals online if you don't want to spend too much.
    Re: viability, I just end up carrying an extra bag: this contains a box for the milk, milk storage bags, the pump parts and batteries, and a bottle brush…
    Good luck!

  10. Anonymous says:

    that's how i got my medela, which is why i didnt feel bad about having to buy the lactaline. i only got it because the hospital had given me a massive machine and when i gave it back i realised i needed something stronger than the mini-electric. but for a 'normal' person with something other than a puny supply they are fab.
    also, a friend of a friend had her 'pumping bag' snatched on her way back from work. can you imagine? at least the mugger had something to put in his tea when he got home…

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