What's the plan for all this frozen breastmilk?
July 20, 2007 3:57 PM Subscribe
What is the plan for all this frozen breastmilk I am saving?
posted by Joh to health & fitness (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As instructed by the lactation consultant, I have been duly pumping breastmilk as well as breastfeeding since my son was born. He feeds on demand, and I produce about 5 or 6oz of "excess" breastmilk a day, which goes into the freezer. Its taking over the freezer now (its a pretty small freezer), and I am starting to wonder what exactly I'm saving it for. As I understand it, frozen breastmilk has a 3 month shelf life, so I am going to have to start doing something with the first lots in about a month's time. I presume I will cycle the oldest bags out, defrost and feed to him at night (when we give him bottles of breastmilk while I pump, because its about 10x faster than breastfeeding him). Will I gradually use up the supplies as he demands more and more milk as he grows, or will i just have a freezer full of milk until I wean him? I plan to return to work in October, and will try and pump at work. How did you use up your stash of frozen breastmilk? What should my plan be?