I've been able to get in one pumping session a day quite easily and starting to build a nice little stash. My question is that I'm getting about 2-3 oz. at a time right now (which seems to coincide with how much she should be getting per feeding). For the milk I want to freeze, I started combining into one bottle or bag, but it seems like SO much milk in one container. When I take it out to use it again, is it OK to thaw/defrost and just take out a few ounces, and then re-freeze? How much do you freeze in a container at a time? (I'm sure this changes with baby's age?)
I prefer to freeze in bottles just because our freezer drawers are SUCH a mess (especially with all the food our moms and people have been bringing over). I tried using the Lanisoh bags, but it seemed like a mess to freeze 2-4 oz. only in a big bag? And if I only freeze a small amount in a bottle, seems like a waste of space. I'm thinking of going to buy more of those skinny Medela tubes soon!
Any tips for this FTM? What do you do? Thanks!
squash / 13764 posts
Once you defrost you can't refreeZe so I would freeze it in 2-3oz bags/bottles and just defrost multiples if you need more to make a full bottle.
persimmon / 1341 posts
Your baby probably only takes 2-3 oz now but that will soon go up to around 5 where it will likely peak. I have always frozen milk in 4-5 oz bags because that it what she is most likely to take. Thawing and then re-freezing isn't typically recommended so I would avoid that if possible. I only use Lansinoh bags after trying every freezing method I could find. I recommend freezing the bags flat so they are easier to stack. I have over 700oz in my freezer so there is no way I could use bottles or tubes.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
I freeze 4-6 ounces in my Lansinoh bags..
You can't refreeze once thawed, but you don't have to use all of the milk in one feeding. I think thawed milk lasts.. 24 hours in the fridge?
Make sure you thaw in the fridge!
persimmon / 1408 posts
I started with freezing 3-4 oz and then moved to 5 oz as LO got older. LO is 5 months now and she takes 5 oz at each feeding at daycare, so that seems to be the magic # for now.
We are limited on freezer space, I'm trying to contain the milk to one shelf. I used the freezer storage set from "first years" (I think it's in Mrs. Bee's reviews). And then I added 2 gift bags to contain more. Freezing the bags flat is key!
Like other posters said, no refreezing milk!
honeydew / 7303 posts
I second what pp have said. I started out freezing 2-3 oz bags but now that my LO takes 4-5 Oz it's annoying to have to thaw multiple bags. If I could do it over I'd freeze 4-5 oz bags and if you want to use one while she's still taking just 2-3 oz pour that much into a bottle and save the other 1-2 oz in the fridge for use up to 24 hours. No refreezing.
Also, I would freeZe in Lansinoh bags and freeze them flat. I put a Tupperware in my freezer that I lay them in to freeze, then move them to a gift bag like the pp!
nectarine / 2834 posts
I also agree with what pp have said about not refreezing, but I have to say that I'm not annoyed by thawing multiple bags. I actually think it's helpful to have a handful of 1oz, 2 oz, 3 oz, etc. Some days at work, I don't have a great pumping session, so I need to add an extra ounce or two for her next days feeding. So it is much easier to just thaw what is needed rather than extra ounces.
grapefruit / 4681 posts
You can't refreeze once thawed as pp have mentioned.
Your stash will add up fast and freezing in bottles or tubes will take up way to much space. I froze mine flat and then stored them in the First Years storage container while in the regular freezer. Once I moved them to the deep freezer I transferred and stacked them in a gallon ziplock bag. I have tons of these bags in our deep freezer and they stack nicely and are the most space saving storage method I found. You can also use gift bags as mentioned above. TIP: cut a slit in the bottom to act as a dispenser and that way you get the oldest bag out first!
I started freezing in 2 oz bags but quickly moved to 4 oz. As DS got older and drank more at a feeding we move up to 5 or 6 oz. Most of my bags from 6-21 months were 6 oz bags.
blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts
I also don't mind thawing multiple bags, so I freeze in smaller quantities of 2-3 oz. I'd rather use the exact amount of milk I need at that moment than risk any of it going to waste because I defrosted too much. As LO gets older and his needs change, I'll probably up the quantity of the bags to 5-6 oz.
I also freeze my bags flat and then put them upright. I do exactly what @CarrieLouWho does - I have the First Years storage container, but from previous experience realized that it wasn't enough, so started putting them flat in gift bags and cut a slit on the bottom for easy dispensing. I order the milk from oldest date to newest date.
pomegranate / 3768 posts
My LO is 12 weeks old and I freeze 4ozs in the lansinoh bags. Ooh I like that first years storage bin.
bananas / 9973 posts
OK, sounds like the bags are good for even small amounts of milk. I guess it just looks like 2oz. is so small in that big bag. After we get rid of some of the frozen foods in the freezer, I'll need to clear out a designated spot just for breast milk. Right now my mom and MIL have overtaken the freezer!
coconut / 8430 posts
I make sure to squeeze out the extra air in the bag before I put it in the freezer.
Btw - the Haagen Daaz box from Costco is a great storage container for the frozen milk