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So I posted a topic about how you guys store your breast milk a few days ago... Well I read through all the responses and I decided on how to do it.
I am exclusively pumping and bottle feeding.
So I have 3 "feeder bottles" as I call them. I always make sure I have 3 feeder bottles in the fridge at all times for feeding. (I usually pump around when she eats so when she eats one down I refill it and put it back up in the fridge). So after I make sure I have 3 bottles ready to go whatever milk is left over goes into a bigger "storage bottle" in the fridge. Well every night I take the storage bottle and empty it into a breast milk freezer bag date it, put how many ounces and freeze it. (Normal freezer. I don't have a deep freezer.)
Hopefully that makes sense. Does that sound good enough? I want to make sure I'm storing okay. Since a lot of people said the "48 hour rule" in the fridge that's why I empty the storage bottle every night into a bag. I just want to make sure my milk is safe for her to drink.
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Yes, that sounds safe. I would still say to only freeze it in increments equal to the amount she is taking per feeding so that you cut down on waste when you thaw it. I'm glad you are working so hard to give her breast milk! Such a huge gift for however long you can keep it up!
Only suggestion is to keep cycling through the freezer too. Frozen is only good for 3 months in the back of your freezer. Nothing is more annoying than dumping it since it's past date.
I usually take the frozen stuff when I go out for the day. Defrost one but leave the others frozen. They'll defrost before you need them. Ice pack and frozen milk is all you need to keep them good for the entire day.. Best part, you can put the fresh in there too..Make sure you get yourself a car plug for the pump since you'll probably find the car the best place for pumping when out.
Otherwise I'd just take at least 1 bottle a day from the freezer.
As for defrosting too much, I never had a problem. I always throw out at the end. I'd rather have too much with me than not enough.
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When you defrost milk it is good for up to 24 hours in the fridge. You could do one frozen bag a day. Put it in a clean bowl in the fridge and let thaw overnight. It is good for 24 hours. That way your supply/stash stays rotated. Thaw whatever fresh milk you don't use that night and get out another frozen bag of milk to put in the fridge.
Also you will have bags that will leak so make sure you keep an eye on that. I always just used a fresh clean bowl and put in the fridge (without water). That way if it leaked I could still use the milk.
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