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    Default Rotate frozen stash?

    So I've been pumping to get stash ready for the past two weeks. I return to tomorrow. I'm in the process of preparing my bottles.

    I have a good supply up so my question is....will i give daycare provider my fresh expressed milk for the next day and so on And have a back up supply for emergencies OR do I go ahead and rotate through my frozen supply to get rid of it?

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    Default Re: Rotate frozen stash?

    Hi mama, here is what I did when I was pumping for my babies... On Sunday, I would defrost my oldest milk for my son's daycare bottles on Monday... then I would use freshly pumped milk the rest of the week. That is, his Tuesday bottles were made with fresh milk from Monday, his Wednesday bottles were made with fresh milk from Tuesday, etc. And then the milk that I pumped on Friday, I froze. Then repeated the process again, using frozen milk for Monday's bottles only. Does that make sense? That way you are constantly rotating your stash, by using the oldest milk for Monday's bottles, and freezing Friday's milk.
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    Default Re: Rotate frozen stash?

    What Buff says sounds like a great idea .

    I'll start doing that . But right now what I do, is to leave every day two bottles in the fridge (even on Fridays, and DD drinks that on Mondays), if I have a third one it goes to the freezer.

    Sometimes she has 2 bottles while I'm away, and sometimes 3, so it's usually rotating.
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    Default Re: Rotate frozen stash?

    I use fresh milk for all but the last bottle of the day, and then a bag of frozen for the final bottle. Or at least that is the theory. DS does not care for the bottle, and is barely finishing off the bottles of fresh milk.

    So if you give 4 bottles of milk, use 3 fresh, and 1 frozen. That way they get the benefits of fresh milk, and you rotate through your freezer stash.

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    Default Re: Rotate frozen stash?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jjs.mzmaryb View Post
    I have a good supply up so my question is....will i give daycare provider my fresh expressed milk for the next day and so on And have a back up supply for emergencies OR do I go ahead and rotate through my frozen supply to get rid of it?
    It sounds like previous posters have shared some things that worked for them in similar situations. My situation was different since I was an EPer with my first, but I used as much fresh milk as I could on a regular basis. (I wanted to give it as straight from me as I could.) I did have a large freezer stash, though, and used much of it, especially when I finished pumping around 13 months.

    One can donate frozen milk to a milk bank (www.hmbana.org) if one needs to clear out space in a freezer. My daughter occasionally drank up the older frozen milk, and I sent my freshly frozen milk to Indiana. She's older now, and it's wonderful to tell her about how she shared with little babies when she was just an infant. They have a specific screening process for a donors and can take milk that's been frozen for up to six months.
    I breast milk fed my Blossom for fifteen months (after exclusively pumping for thirteen). My Bud (nineteen months) is still nursing directly (after a rough start that included a few months of pumping and supplementing with mommy's milk).

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    Default Re: Rotate frozen stash?

    Love that idea buff24. I have actually had to throw away milk in the freezer that I left for more than 3 months because I forgot about it.

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