Today, 05:59 AM
You know, just evaluating how much you need can help you decide how much you need stashed. With my first two children I worked FT and never had more than one small bottle in the freezer at the crèche and two in the deep freeze at home. I gave fresh bottles pumped the day prior, which is more healthfult han pumped.
Also, it may be helpful to know if your baby will accept thawed milk, as samm percentage of mamas make a lot of helpful enzyme to break down and digest milk for their LOs but freezer storage just slows the enzyme down, and the thawed milk has a soapy taste. Some babies will refuse the soapy milk, which is healthy nonetheless. It might be kind of annoying if you end up in this position. So I'd advise thawing a small amount, taking a whiff for a soap smell, and offering it to baby when you are not around (lots of babies will not eat frozen food when fresh from the tap is right there!) to see how that goes. There was a mama here who posted here recently that she had an impressive stash but ended up having lipase/soapy milk which her baby refused, and was *so* frustrated over that. I decided after reading that that I would stick to the tiny freezer stash when I go back to FT work in July!
Thirdly, consider that you're good at pumping and producing milk, and yes--you can always make more!