Post # 1
I just went back to work, and I want to keep up with my son’s daily intake as well as grow a freezer stash so that if something happens, he can still have breastmilk and so that if I decide to stop pumping/nursing at somepoint, he’ll still be getting breastmilk.
Right now I have about 100 ounces in our freezer. How big did your freezer stash get?
Post # 3
I’ve generally been able to maintain about 2 weeks (120 oz for my situation) ahead.
Post # 4
I used to think (before I had my son) that having a big freezer stash was really important. Then my lactation consultant talked me off the ledge! You don’t need more than a few ounces stored for emergencies. Other than that, you just pump each day what your baby drinks the next day.
I had an oversupply of milk, so I ended up with a lot of milk in the freezer anyway…and now I wish I didn’t. It takes up a ton of space and we have no real use for it. I certainly wouldn’t aim for having a freezer full if that didn’t happen by accident.
Post # 5
I’m INSANE (haha) and have over 350oz in our deep freezer. I had a lot of trouble with breastfeeding initially so I’ve been pumping since the beginning and haven’t stopped. My daughter will be 2 months on Sunday
Post # 6
I have around 180 oz in our freezer? My baby is 2 months old and I start working July 5th. I’m hoping to pump what I need for him while I am at work and just save my stash for emergencies. I work rotating 12hr shifts though so I don’t always work 2 days in a row so I’m not sure how that will affect my pumping.
Post # 7
I wasn’t pumping for most of the first because I was over producing and due to some medication I was on right after delivery, although now I wish I would have (even if I had to discard most of that). DS will be two months on Friday and I now have about 160 oz stored.
I don’t always freeze what I pump though. Most of the time I pump a bottle or a few oz and allow DH or my mom to give him it at his next feeding, just so DS has a bottle at least once a day or at most ever other day. On the days I work (I only work 3 hours at a time right now), I give my mom a freshly pumped bottle of 5-6 oz. Anything I pump over that gets stored.
Post # 8
um maybe I’m crazy but I had a full three month supply when I stopped pumping when she was sixth months. In all fairness though, little A refused to nurse so I was pumping all the way along. I used a double electric pump and made tons of milk.
Post # 9
I had over 200 (maybe way more, don’t remember), but I donated most of it then my stupid pump broke, so now I’ve only got about 20 ozs for my almost 10 month old, but I’m no longer panicked about it! Right now my supply is back up, and I finally added a bag to it tonight, wooot!
Post # 10
I had about 100 oz. and thought that was enough, but then had to use it ALL. Also there were a couple of times that I wished I had more milk because I was sick and wanted to take some meds but couldn’t because I didn’t have enough milk stored. I definitely think it’s better to have too much than not enough. I ended up being short twice and I hated knowing that I could have pumped more earlier but chose not to pump more.
Imagine you have to be gone for a week with no notice. Could you? When you think about “emergencies” think about something that would keep you away completely for an extended period of time.
Some people don’t mind just filling in with formula, and some do. I think it depends on how strictly you want to stick to breast milk and what circumstances may arise that you want to be prepared for.
Also, when MB was weaning herself, I wished I had more milk in storage to feed her. She refused anything but the bottle and my milk supply crashed shortly after.
Post # 11
I have about 40 oz. stored and I go back to work next Friday. I figure that’s either a day’s worth and/or enough backup for the sitter. I plan to just pump each day for the next day and a little extra at night as needed. I don’t like to pump a lot b/c I have extra work/time involved and it throws my body off and I end up leaking with an inconsistent schedule. I might regret this if my supply dips because of stress, but I will deal with that if it comes to it in the future. We’ve had to do formula twice for 2 days each so far and it was ok.
Post # 12
I worry about getting ill or taking medication too. I just had a tooth pulled and was really worried about taking pain meds after while breastfeeding. Or if I get sick or something and can’t pump or my supply drops.
I’m going to keep building it I think. I’d rather have too much than too little if something happens. As long as I rotate it, I don’t think it’ll get wasted. I’d really like to have a full 2-3 weeks worth in the freezer at any time.
Personally I don’t like formula. I love that my breastmilk has all the nutrition he needs. And formula is expensive! Aside from the bonding time with my son (that no one can take away, like a meddling Mother-In-Law, since she can’t breastfeed him) the fact that breastmilk is free is awesome. Well aside from the pum, storage bags, lanolin, nursing pads, nursing bras and tanks, etc… lol.