Post # 1
hi everyone! I currently pregnant and plan on breast feeding and pumping once I return to work. I just read another post about this topic, and I am wondering- think we need an extra fridge to store pumped milk? Currently we just have our fridge in the kitchen and it is typically pretty full.
Post # 2
It depends on what sort of stash you want to build! Breastmilk has the longest life in a deep / chest freezer but if you’re not planning on having a huge stash then you can just store it in the freezer attached to your fridge.
Post # 3
Following, as this is my plan. We have a deep freeze in the garage that will work perfect!
Post # 4
I was never able to pump enough to have much more than two days worth of extra at a time, so fridge space was not an issue. I never even had enough to need to freeze it :-/ So I would say hold off and see what your supply is like, then make a decision from there.
Post # 5
I’d hold off at first to see what your supply is like. I ended up having enough that we probably SHOULD have bought a deep freeze, but we ended up just making it work with our normal freezer. Some women don’t pump enough to ever have much of a stash, so it might bum you out to have an empty freezer if that happens to be the case!
Post # 6
Depends. I can’t pump enough to meet my kid’a needs so we never have extra. If you have a good supply and/or baby nurses when you are home then yeah you will have a lot extra. If you do have a lot then I suggest freezer, not fridge space because If you have so much that you have to store it you won’t be using it fast enough for it robstaybfood in the fridge. But you never know how it will go so don’t go out and buy a freezer just yet.
Post # 7
Hmm…I would hold off for now. You don’t need tons of room in the fridge. It only lasts so long in the fridge (up to 5-7 days) so you’re not going to store it in there permanently. Large stashes of milk need to go in the freezer. You can use your own freezer or a deep freeze. I built up about 180oz in my regular freezer (most of this I pumped overnight on one side while she only nursed on the other from about 1.5-4mo- 2 feedings) and I was thinking about buying a deep freeze at that point but by that time it was about ~6mo and my supply dropped a bit so I no longer made excess. After that I would use a little freezer milk here and there so it gradually dropped some and I made it without a deep freeze. You can get a small deep freeze. We actually have one now so I will use it for #2. It lasts longer in a deep freeze (12 mo) and up to 6 mo in a regular freezer. So if you use a regular freezer you just need to rotate that oldest milk out (so use the oldest milk 1x a week and freeze new milk).
But like I said, I would wait because you don’t know what your supply will be like. Just start off with your regular freezer/fridge.
Post # 8
I was never able to pump enough to have that much extra either – he pretty much ate each day’s pump amount at daycare the next day, so there was no need for any extra storage beyond a few spares in the freezer. Everyone is different though!
Post # 9
Thanks all! This was helpful!
Post # 10
I have a deep freezer which i feel is very helpful as I pump a lot of milk and donate when it gets too full
Post # 11
following! We have an extra fridge in our basement (currently Darling Husband uses for his man cave lol) but I think we’ll use that as extra overflow of our food so I can use our normal fridge freezer for breastmilk.
I also have a mini fridge in my office – not totally related but I think will be helpful when I pump throughout the day at work.
Post # 12
Let’s just say my Darling Husband is thrilled that our dd is turning one and I’ve been letting him dump any extra milk from the week lol. Our freezer is PACKED atm.
But I wouldn’t run out and get a freezer just yet. You can always buy one later.
Post # 13
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I bought a small deep freezer just for my milk.