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August 25th, 2011, 07:06 PM
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Hi all, I am new to the whole pumping thing and am wondering how many ounces of breast milk you store per bag (or bottle). Also, is the shelf life in a freezer attached to a fridge less than a deep chest freezer? Thanks!
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August 26th, 2011, 12:58 AM
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Hi and welcome! I freeze milk in bags that are equal to the size of the bottles I am currently making them. THat way when I thaw it, I can just pour the whole bag into a bottle and I know it is already pre-measured. For me right now that means 5 oz per bag. It might be 2, or 3, or 4 for you though.

There are differences between a freezer and a deep freezer. Every website gives you slightly different rules for how long, but from this one : Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk

it is:

◦for up to 2 weeks in a freezer compartment located inside the refrigerator
◦for 3 to 4 months in a freezer that's self-contained and connected on top of or on the side of the refrigerator and is kept at 0° Fahrenheit (-18° Celsius). But be sure to store the milk in the back of the freezer, not in the door)
◦for 6 to 12 months in a deep freezer that's always 4° Fahrenheit (-20° Celsius)
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August 26th, 2011, 05:31 AM
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the size bags I froze were really just related to how much I got and the easiest way to split it up. If I did it again, I'd probably stick to 3-4oz per bag since that is what my DD took in each bottle.
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August 26th, 2011, 05:31 AM
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When my daughter was first born and went to daycare she only drank 3-4oz a bottle so I'd freeze 6-8oz, enough for both of her bottles she got at daycare. I did that b/c those milk freezer bags are expensive! Now that she's older and drinking more I freeze what she drinks for one bottle about 7oz.

Yep milk is stored longer in a deep freezer:]
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August 26th, 2011, 05:53 AM
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My LO stays home with daddy, so I don't have to worry about milk going bad if he doesnt' drink it at daycare during the day. I freeze all my bags with 5 oz, and freeze them flat so they are easy to store. And since he takes 6.5 oz bottles right now, I use a 5oz frozen bag, and just top it off with fresh pumped milk. And storing milk is what made us finally go out and buy a deep freezer
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August 26th, 2011, 04:58 PM
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i just freeze in the amount i pump out
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August 27th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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I am just able to get about 2.5 oz per breast right now so that's what I have been storing. It seems so wasteful to have such a small amount per bag though. I am going to try to combine to get 5 oz a bag. thanks!@
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