Thawing Milk Questions

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Registered: 09-14-2010
Thawing Milk Questions
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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 4:14am

I've been EPing for 11 months and have over 2000oz in my freezer. I'm ready to wean myself from the pump and begin using my stash but I have a few questions that have come up since I have started.

I've read several places that frozen milk must be used 24 hours after it's thawed. I'm confused by this. If I take the milk out of the fridge at 3pm one day, does it have to be used by 3pm the next day? Or does the 24 hours start after it's thawed out? It takes time to go from frozen to thawed so I just wasn't sure if that time counts in the 24 hours or not.

Also if I give a bottle of thawed milk(thawed in the fridge)

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sat, 06-25-2011 - 9:33pm
Wow, what a great freezer stash! Yay for you!
I counted the 24 hours from when the milk started to thaw (probably several hours into the time that I put it in the fridge, since it's pretty cold in there anyway). I did throw away any unused portion (soooo sad), although once she reached the year mark and went to sippy cups, I figured her immune system is fine, so I stopped pitching unused liquid (cow's milk at that point). Congrats on making it so far!

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Registered: 09-14-2010
Sat, 06-25-2011 - 9:42pm
Thanks for the reply!! After I posted I checked KellyMom again and they made it sound like about 36 hours from the time you put it in the fridge from the freezer. They also said you could offer it once more after the initial offering if you put it back in the fridge. I couldn't find that the first few times I checked KellyMom so I'm not sure if they added that recently or if I just missed it before. :)
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Registered: 08-08-2011
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 4:42pm

Questions for you kaharris83.

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Registered: 09-14-2010
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 5:12pm
I pumped 12x/day for the first 4 months. Then 10x/day until about 7 months. Then 8x/day pretty much until 11 months. So I think a lot of pumping is how I made so much. At my peak I was getting 56oz/day. I donated about 1000oz about 4 months in. I did take Goats Rue and Fenugreek for about 3 weeks in the very beginning but stopped quite quickly since DS was gassy. I also think Pumpin Pals really made a difference.