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August 25th, 2008, 08:23 PM
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I have a 5 month old son who I exclusively breastfeed. When I first started pumping to store milk for when I go back to work...which is next week ... I was only able to pump about 2-4 ounces. I stored them in the freezer and have almost 30 bags of 2-4 ounces. My son is now drinking 6 ounces at a time. Can I thaw and mix a 2 ounce frozen breast milk with a 4 ounce frozen breast milk....pumped on different days? Now I am storing 6-8 ounce bags.

Any advice is appreciated.
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August 25th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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Yep, you sure can

And - while he might be eating the bigger bottles now, don't bet on it lasting (as with most things lol). If you start solids aroudn 6 months or even later, you might find that the size of his bottles goes down So - storing in 2-4 ounce increments is probably a good thing In fact, I never pumped more than that at a time, and always stored accordingly.


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August 25th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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I'd say you're probably safe to freeze in 4 oz amounts. Even when our older son was on solids he always took at least a 4 oz bottle.

I actually freeze in 12 oz increments. I know that much could get used in 1 day and if I end up pumping a bit more than BF in 1 day I'm okay with that. But, actually the only frozen milk I had to use so far was when he was with my mom for 6.5 days. I actually have a surplus running at all times. I should probably look into doing something with the excess! Even though I pumped and dumped for those days and he got frozen milk I still have 360 oz in the freezer.
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