Breastfeeding- Public Feedings- and Pumping.... mixed feelings??
Ok so- I am a first time mom to a baby boy, Rion Chase. He is 4 weeks old :). He is only breast fed. Other than the 2 times my husband used my pumped milk to be able to fed him.
I am not to sure about how comfortable I am feeding him in public. I have fed him in public. I have a Nursing cover that I use, but, sometimes it would be so much easier to be able to give him a bottle. And I know I can take pumped milk but, I dont really understand how to store and travel with pumped milk. All of the babies I have been around were all formula babies. But, when I think about him getting a bottle I get all emotional. It makes me feel less needed. Even tho it is MY MILK, it makes me feel like I am some how pushing my mommy duties off. And thats not the case at all !!! I suppose that is something I will have to square away with myself- But did any of you experience this and if so what did you do about it??
Also- I am not JUST curious about how to pump for public convience, I am also wanting to allow my egar in-laws and parents have a few hours with their grandson alone. They want to do the whole grand kid spoil and show off day, like any other grandparent..lol. Anywho, not sure WHEN I will feel comfortable enough to leave him for a few hours. But, when I do I would like to feel comfortable knowing my little boy is being fed properly and getting enough.
I guess to sum up my main question:
*--How do you manage pumped milk?
*--How do you serve pumped milk that has been chilled or frozen?
*--How do I determine how much milk I need to take or give for the time away from me?
*--How do I pack milk to take out for the day, if its needed??
*--Did anyone else feel guilty or sad for pumping? if so what helped you get over it??
Thanks in Advance for any information.