Now how do you get a wonderful stockpile of breastmilk in your freezer? Great question. If you just had your baby then I suggest you start pumping as soon as your milk has come in. When I delivered Carson I found that when my milk came in I was quite engorged and needed to pump some milk off in order to be comfortable. I started pumping small amounts and then added a morning pumping session to my routine every day. I pumped once each morning AFTER the baby had his am feeding. Be sure you feed your baby first and pump immediately after. By simply adding a single pumping session of 10 minutes to my daily routine I soon had a huge stockpile of milk in my chest freezer. It really doesn’t take that much extra time and it is GREAT to have all the milk saved up in the freezer. Once you decide that you have enough milk and no longer wish to pump you can simply decrease your pumping sessions until you quit completely. Your body adjusts to supply and demand. Once your body realizes that you no longer require that much milk, it will decrease the amount made to only what your baby is consuming. You may be uncomfortable for a couple of days and can relieve it by simply pumping off very small amounts until your body has completely adjusted itself.
As you can see it really is quite easy to get a nice stockpile of this liquid gold in your freezer. For the longest life store your milk in a chest freezer as it keeps for up to 12 months. Reference the chart below for all of the different storage recommendations:
|Storage Time for Human Milk*||Deep Freeze
|Cooler with Ice Packs Frozen
|Fresh||Up to 12 Months||3-4 Months||8 Days||24 Hours||6-10 Hours||4 Hours|
|Frozen, Thawed in Fridge||Do Not Refreeze||Do Not Refreeze||24 Hours||Do Not Store||4 Hours||4 Hours|
|Thawed, Warmed, Not Fed||Do Not Refreeze||Do Not Refreeze||4 Hours||Do Not Store||Until Feeding Ends||Until Feeding Ends|
|Warmed, Fed||Discard||Discard||Discard||Discard||Until Feeding Ends||Until Feeding Ends|
If you are looking for the easiest way to pump then you should invest in a double electric breast pump as they provide very effective and quick pumping. Be sure to date your milk and note the volume on each bag before freezing. I’ve found it most helpful to lay my milk flat in the freezer to freeze so that they stack nicely rather than being awkward sizes.
What has your experience been with pumping? Do you have any questions for me?
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