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June 3rd, 2013, 03:34 PM
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Hey ladies, those of you who are breastfeeding, have you started freezing your breastmilk? When did you start? Baby is now eating less and I have enough in the fridge, he still gets all his feedings straight from my breast, but I have noticed that in the last two days he's eating less (no bottle, no pacifier, he's not taking anything else) anyways, he's only 12 days old and I feel it's two to start freezing?? With DD I think I started when she was 2 months old... input?
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June 3rd, 2013, 03:43 PM
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I think u can freeze it straight away I'm still storing mine in the fridge at the moment cause I only use it when we go out x
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June 3rd, 2013, 03:56 PM
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I was 3 weeks when I started pumping and was freezing right away. I didn't plan on using the milk at the time, but I wanted to have some stored for when I went back to work. I have about 30 oz or so frozen. Since its good for 6 months I'm just leaving that there for emergencies and keeping a couple of bottles in the fridge for if I have to work or DH or my mom has her for whatever reason.
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June 3rd, 2013, 04:17 PM
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I had to pump when Remy was 4 days old because he was in the hospital for 2 days. I pump every once in a while like if I am leaving the house and know I am going somewhere I cant breastfeed and bring the milk I pump with me in a bottle because I just learned breast milk just pumped is good at room temperature up to 6 hours! I would like to start adding to the small collection I have in the freezer. I was thinking of pumping everynight before bed after baby's feeding to help get a collection.
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June 3rd, 2013, 04:30 PM
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i don't see any harm in freezing some just to have extra on hand if you end up needing it.
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June 3rd, 2013, 05:49 PM
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I've been freezing some too. I am using it occasionally for bottle feeds.
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June 3rd, 2013, 08:35 PM
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I probably have about 10 feedings frozen right now. It's nice to know it's there so I can leave him with my mom or hubby when needed. He usually eats on one side at a time so I'll pump and freeze the other side if I can.
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June 4th, 2013, 01:30 AM
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Yes I started the second day home from the hospital. Im waiting to introduce a bottle to him so any time ive needed to pump it goes in the freezer.
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June 4th, 2013, 06:38 AM
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I'm going to be out of town all day Saturday so I've been pumping and freezing for while I'm gone. I think there are five 6 oz bags in there now and there will be a 6th once I pump this morning. I don't think you can have too big of a stash. It was so nice to not have to worry about having enough once I went back to work. I ended donating about 100 6 oz bags to another mom once Natalie stopped nursing. I couldn't bring myself to throw it all away so I'm glad I found a good home.
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June 4th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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I have never pumped or frozen breastmilk. I guess baby is just always with me. It wouldn't hurt me to start though, just in case.
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