Question about milk that's not used

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Question about milk that's not used
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 10:51am

According to Kellymom, "If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it may be refrigerated and offered at the next feeding before it is discarded" -- does this apply to thawed frozen milk even if it's been warmed or just thawed?

For instance, my daycare provider thaws what she anticipates using the next day overnight (usually 3 bags of 4 oz). She'll pour the whole bag into a bottle b/c my LO will take anywhere from 2.5-4 oz at each feeding. I've been having her discard whatever is not used, but because we don't have a huge reserve, I'd love for her to be able to re-use what's not consumed if it's safe. Based on the above it sounds like she could use leftovers at the next feeding if she refrigerates it? Does this apply if the milk was thawed then warmed or just thawed?

Thanks!

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 01-19-2012 - 10:15pm

First a question - is there a reason DC is using frozen milk?

 


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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 10:38am
gespenst wrote:

First a question - is there a reason DC is using frozen milk?

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 6:11pm
No problem :)

How are things going overall?

 


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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 10:07pm
My LO takes anywhere from 0-3 bottles while I'm gone, depending on what time he wakes up and what time I get home, so since he gets most of his daily intake directly from me I freeze all my milk (and thus all his bottles are thawed). I absolutely DO have my husband put any leftover milk in the fridge for the next feeding! We have never had any issues, with this baby or with my first, as far as milk going "bad" this way.
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 11:43am

Overall I think we're doing ok. He's taking 3 bottles at DC every day, usually between 3 and 4 oz each. I'm pumping 3x at work and get 12 oz total - I get about 5 at my first pumping and little less with each subsequent pumping so it totals just about 12 oz for the day. So it's great that I'm pumping enough for him throughout the day but I'm not getting any extra to build up a stash for us to have at home. We're still BF'ing in the morning, evenings, nights, and weekends so that's fine, but I'd like to have some extra so my DH and I could go out for a few hours sometimes. As it is now, my reserve is so low (8 oz at our house and 12 oz at the DC) and I'm only pumping exactly what he needs for the next day I don't want to be away from the baby in case he needs to eat because I don't want to use the little extra we do have. Now that I'm going to have the DC keep what's not used for the next feeding I'm hoping that helps us get ahead a little.

Other than that though, everything is good - pump in comfortable, working well, I think I have the logistics of pumping down, etc.

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Registered: 04-12-2010
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 3:48pm
Oh I am so glad someone posted and answered this, that was my question! I definitely need to start thawing out my milk. I figure I can leave a suppy with my DC (she is actually a SAHM who BF her two boys so she has a good understanding). Hearing everything you guys are posting I feel more confident I will not have to suppliment with formula. I was afraid I would not have enough stashed. I will send two 3 oz frozen bags with my babysitter Wednesday morning, or rather my DH will when he drops my peanut off, and see how it goes.
You guys have lifted a huge weight off my shoulders! I seriously feel the anxiety leaving.

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