Baby is 7 weeks today and I'm exclusively pumping...question about freezing milk

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Registered: 03-24-2011
Baby is 7 weeks today and I'm exclusively pumping...question about freezing milk
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 8:59am

Hello all!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-01-2011

I normally go thru every 2 days or so and freeze whatever is in the fridge minus a couple bottles, normally those that were pumped the day I am freezing. I put as much as possible in the bags-they don't freeze very flat that way but they're expensive. It's ok to combine several days' worth-just label it with the earliest date collected. Like you, my supply exceeds demand so my baby gets about 90% of her feedings from freshly expressed milk that has never been in the fridge. I find that leaving a couple bottles in there is more than enough. If you do regularly feed refrigerated milk, I recommend getting your LO to take it out of the freezer. There's no reason they can't eat it cold and warming it up everytime can be time consuming.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-20-2010

I wouldn't worry too much at this point.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
As a previous poster said, don't worry, you're still getting your routine down! Milk should be ok in the fridge up to 8 days. That said, I have had milk go bad sooner. You will know--just smell it! And I have heard that a baby won't take spoiled milk. My daughter was taking around 28 ounces at her high point (before solids) and I tried to keep around 32 ounces in the fridge all the time just in case. Then anytime I got over that, I would do some freezing. Like one of the previous posters, I do tend to like to give fresh milk in the morning if possible. I use the lansinoh bags and lay them flat to freeze, and I think I pay 12 dollars for 75 of them through amazon. And I second the suggestion of a previous poster of feeding milk cold. I have always done this, and my daughter has been perfectly happy with it. Much more convenient! I am moving toward switching to cow's milk soon as the year mark approaches, and some of my friends' kids who have had warm bottles won't take cow's milk cold from the fridge either. What a pain!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2011

Thank you for the responses. At Dimpalaz, so you freeze everything except a couple bottles? How does your baby get 90% of her feedings from freshly expressed milk? I would like to do that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2011
This is a great system. I wish I had started out like this. I now have 5 days worth of milk I have to freeze and I'm really not looking forward to doing the work of freezing it all.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2011

To all, since I hadn't been freezing all along, I'm going to start today.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2010

Hi! I have 6 9 oz bottles that I use and I keep one day's milk in the fridge. As I pump through the day, I pour the pumped milk into the 9 oz bottles. Before bed, I make the number of bottles I need for the next day, rotating oldest to newest. I freeze what is left over in 5 oz bags. Somtimes there is just an ounce or 2 left over, so I hold onto it for the next round of bottles. Most of my pumping is done away from the baby.

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Registered: 10-24-2010

Hi! I have 6 9 oz bottles that I use and I keep one day's milk in the fridge. As I pump through the day, I pour the pumped milk into the 9 oz bottles. Before bed, I make the number of bottles I need for the next day, rotating oldest to newest. I freeze what is left over in 5 oz bags. Somtimes there is just an ounce or 2 left over, so I hold onto it for the next round of bottles. Most of my pumping is done away from the baby.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2011

Wow, how were you able to get to only 4 pumps a day?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010

Everyone's different, and some lucky ducks can cut down earlier than others and still maintain a great supply.

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