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I'm going back to work end of May - only for 4 weeks then off for another 8 weeks for summer. Yay!
Just pulled my pump out a couple of days ago. I honestly can't remember how much I should freeze per bag though. He will be 12 weeks when I go back to work and then 5 and a half months or so when I return to work after the summer. How much do they eat per feeding then?
I would do 3-4 ounces MAX per bag. Even if he is eating more later (at 5.5months) it will give your caregiver more flexibility with the milk if it's stored in smaller amounts.
In my opinion, you end up wasting less with the small bags. If they are hungry, caregiver will just warm up another. But if they don't eat it all, there's only so long you can save the warmed milk, KWIM?
Ava gets an ounce for every hour I'm away from her, so she gets roughly 6oz and I freeze 6oz in the bags. If she starts to drink more than I'll increase the bag. But I typically only froze the amount she drank.
At that age, I did about twelve ounces per bag because that's what he drank while I was gone (three bottles)--I thawed it and made up the three bottles and sent them to the sitter with him. I usually had a few 2-3 ounce bags as back ups in the sitters freezer in case he needed another bottle or something happened to one of the ones I sent
Thanks for the advice. I haven't tried giving him a bottle yet so I have no idea how much he eats. With dd I just sent the bags frozen in the morning and they jus pulled out of their freezer when needed. I'm sure when you aren't the one pumping though you aren't as careful about making sure none is wasted.
I plan on not freezing at first, jsut using what I pump on Monday at work to send fresh to daycare on Tuesday. so I'll check with them how they want it done up, either one big bag and jsut pour as needed, or in smaller containers per feeding.
I freeze 5-6 oz bags... this way my husband can dethaw one bag at a time and split it between the girls.. While I am at work they refuse to eat alot. I will pump double or triple what they eat while I am gone. I get 5-7 oz per breast while at workl. When I do a 12 hour shift I have to pump 3 times. 8 hour I pump once since I nurse right before I leave and nurse as soon as I walk in.. So that cuts down on what my dh has to feed.
I freeze in 5 oz bags, but I only freeze teh excess. I use the milk I pumped to make the bottles Sean eats the next day. But he doesn't go to daycare, DH stays home with him, so if he ever needed to thaw any, it wouldnt' be a problem to use it within the 24 hours. So far, we haven't used any frozen though.
~Kasi~ Mommy to Sean Elliot and Taylor Joelle!