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December 30th, 2012, 03:15 PM
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I have been EP for a week now and not sure when I should start to freeze my BM. I pump 40-52oz a day, but I'm not sure how much I should have in the frig bf I actually start to freeze. My LO eats 25-31oz a day, usually 4oz for each feeding and eats about 8 times a day. He will be 3 weeks Tue & I'm nervous if I start to freeze to soon I won't have enough fresh for him when he wants it. I have found great tips for mothers who exclusively pump but no advice on when and how to start you a stash for later on. I am going back to work at 12 weeks and am hoping for him to be on BM exclusively as long as possible so I want to have enough for when the time comes. Also, do you start to produce more milk later on? I've read where mothers pump 20oz per pumping session. Is this normal? Can anyone pump that much per session? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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December 31st, 2012, 04:22 AM
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I always pumped 2-6oz (total!) per pumping session, and i pumped for 19 months at work. I would start freezing now. Label everything so you can use the oldest frozen BM first. You have an excess of 10-20 oz a day, so I would freeze anything over 5oz extra in the fridge. Also, as time goes on, how much you pump will probably decrease. You generally have an oversupply in the beginning, so freeze as much as you can!
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January 1st, 2013, 11:55 PM
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dito! I usually get about 2-5 oz when pumping but have gotten as much as 8.5... and from 1 breast by the way... if I do both I usually get about 5.5-9oz ish. I nurse him only and he only gets a bottle when I'm not with him. I try to pump 1-2 times a day if I can and I put it in the fridge. since he dosent get a bottle as often I keep it in the fridge for 6-7 days then put it in the freezer.

For you, I would sugest putting the extra you have for a day in the freezer. So the 5-10oz extra like Meredith said.
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January 4th, 2013, 01:08 AM
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Thank you both! I have started freezing all my extra. I don't have to much extra now at the end of the day to freeze since LO has hit a growth spurt and is now taking 8 5oz bottles on top of BF 1-2 times a day. Seems like all I do is pump and feed lol. Now hopefully I can keep up till he goes back to reg feeding!
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January 4th, 2013, 04:28 AM
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good luck and hang in there!
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January 4th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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You should absolutely feel blessed to be pumping that amount every day. I know some women out there (including myself) who would LOVE that to be the case... Start stashing it NOW. You never know when emergencies may arise.
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