storing milk/starting freezer supply

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-17-2011
storing milk/starting freezer supply
Sun, 04-17-2011 - 7:27pm

New mom here alert!!

I have been EPing since we got home from the hospital 5 days ago. I pump ~3 oz combined from both sides every 3 hours. DD is taking 2.5-3oz each feed (every 3 hours) now. I have about 6 bottles in the fridge that I have pumped. At what point do I start freezing and now putting them in the fridge? How do i decide what to freeze and what to leave in the fridge?

Honestly, I have no idea what I am doing! I just keep putting the freshest pumped milk in the back and taking from the front and moving thru that way. Is that even right?!

Any help is appreciated!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
Sun, 04-17-2011 - 11:39pm
There are two ways to approach this. Some people like ot always feed the freshest milk. They might keep a bottle or two in the fridge for emergencies (no one wants to be trying to pump while a baby is screaming for food!) but mostly pump and put it straight into a bottle for the next feeding.

Others run the fridge as "first in, first out" the way you are doing. This is what I did, with the exception of first thing in the morning, when I always give her fresh milk. I have kept one day of milk in the fridge. Whenever the stock in the fridge got over what I knew she would drink in a day, I would start freezing the excess. This meant at most times I would have around 30oz in the fridge.

Since you are in the very beginning, you may wish to freeze some milk in small quantities, like 2 or 4oz. Once my daughter was around 12 weeks old, I started doing all my freezing in 6 oz quantities. If you haven't purchased the bags already, Lansinoh makes the best ones. They freeze flat when you lay them down and hold 6oz, although some people put more in them.

If you haven't already, check out the beginner's guide in the Roll call and Intro section! Welcome to the board!