creating a stash

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Registered: 02-13-2014
creating a stash
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Fri, 02-28-2014 - 11:19am

 I know they say feed the baby and not the freezer,  but I wanna do both.  is it possible to create a stash of frozen breast milk with pumping 30 ozs a day?  if so,  how long does it take and are there any tips and advice you experienced  pumping mothers can give me? :)  thanks a lot!  

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Registered: 03-08-2014
Sat, 03-08-2014 - 11:59pm
It will build, be patient. At first I was only pumping an extra 2-4 ounces a day to freeze. Then it jumped up to 8 ounces, then 12, and now I freeze an extra 14-20 ounces. Last time I checked, about 3 weeks ago, I had enough milk for six weeks. I don't love pumping and had planned to switch to formula but I'm only pumping 5 times a day so I take it day to day.
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Registered: 02-13-2014
Thu, 03-06-2014 - 1:55pm

wow  thanks for the idea! I  freeze about 4 ozs  per bag  eight times a  day. I  am able  to  put 1-2  bags  away everyday since my LO  is sleeping  through the night already ( thanks to the babywise book ;) ) yes I  agree that this seems to be a very slow process. I  plan to pump for at least a year or more hoping  she gets breast milk for a few more months even after I am done pumping.  or just  in  case  my sanity doesn't let me pump for a year at least she has enough milk that will last for a year because EPing  is hard and it takes a lot of commitment.  I'm so glad I found this forum  and know that I'm not alone in this!  

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Registered: 03-06-2014
Thu, 03-06-2014 - 2:06am

I've been exclusively pumping for 7 months. My son is 9 months old now. In that time, I've stock piled over 3 months supply. It was a slow process at first. I make about 30-32 ounces of milk daily. He drinks about 20 now. It was a slow process freezing milk at first because it seemed like he was drinking all but a few ounces a day. But once I introduced solids then I was able to freeze more milk. 

I drink about 5 liters of water a day, drink 3 cups of mothers milk tea and eat oatmeal for breakfast and right before bed. I pump 5-6 times a day now. I pumped 7-8 times daily until he was 7 months.

I tried the reglan for 3 weeks when he was 5 months and I was getting frustrated with not having a generous freezer supply, I only got a few extra ounces and the let down came more quickly, but you can only be on it for 1-3 weeks max and as soon as I stopped I went back to my usual daily output.

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Registered: 02-10-2014
Sat, 03-01-2014 - 8:43am

I'm glad you,posted this. I have been windexing the same thing.  I will be returning to work soon and need to make sure I have milk for the baby while she's at day care. I will have enough frozen for her for the first day or so.. I'm then hoping everything I pump while at work will make feedings for the next day.  Any advice how to boost my supply...I'm already on Reglan and Fenugreek. 

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Sat, 03-01-2014 - 7:44am

You are right on when you say to feed baby first! I know at various points in time, I have been literally pumping what baby needs or freezing several bags daily depending on baby's appetite and sleep schedule. During growth spurts, it is easy to think, "Oh no, look how much she is eating!" But then I have to re-focus and remind myself why I am going through all of this in the firstplace!

It sounds like you have established a good supply! I think it sounds possible to create a freezer stash over time as long as baby is good and full! ;)