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    Default Stash cycling

    What's the best way to keep my freezer stash up to date? I have a pretty good amount of milk in there, and the oldest is about 2.5 months old. I'd hate to freeze all my fresh and give DS only frozen, since freezing kills some of the beneficial properties. Is it weird to send two fresh bottles and one frozen bottle every day??

    Thanks for your advice!!

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    Ok, here's what I did... I would unthaw the oldest milk in the freezer for monday's bottles, and then send fresh milk in the bottles on tuesday-friday. (So, milk I pumped on monday went in tuesday's bottles, tuesday's pumped milk went in wednesday's bottles, etc.) Then I would freeze any fresh milk I pumped on friday (making sure to carefully date it), and then start the whole process over on monday by unthawing your oldest milk again. That way my son was only getting frozen milk in his bottles 1 day per week, and fresh milk 4 days per week. And my stash was being rotated and not getting too old in the freezer. Hope this makes sense!
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    I did exactly the same thing.
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    Makes sense! Though I'm worried I won't get through enough of my stash before it expires -- perhaps that means I have too much in the freezer?

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    That is what I do as well. On Mondays I thaw 1 bottle less that what he should eat just in case he does not eat them all, I keep 2-3 bottles in my DCP's freezer.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kbcross View Post
    Makes sense! Though I'm worried I won't get through enough of my stash before it expires -- perhaps that means I have too much in the freezer?
    If you get to where your stash is expiring you could always donate. There are a couple of good milk banks (but be careful some of them profit on your milk), Eats on Feets (they have facebook pages), or HM4HB also on FB.

    Keep in mind that if you are storing milk in a good deep freezer it can last for as long as a year. Your stash could be used past a year if/when you choose to stop pumping so that your LO can still have some EBM each day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mamaDuMonte View Post
    Keep in mind that if you are storing milk in a good deep freezer it can last for as long as a year. Your stash could be used past a year if/when you choose to stop pumping so that your LO can still have some EBM each day.
    Wow, I didn't realize it was good that long! The milk is stored in a separate standalone upright freezer; whether it is a "good" freezer may be debatable as it is an older model. It doesn't get opened very often, so maybe I should check that the temperature is nice and low so I can extend the expirations somewhat. Thanks!

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    This link will give you guidelines on milk storage. We have two thermometers in the freezer (ours is old as well) to make sure it is running correctly. I also keep a box against the door to make sure it stays closed.
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    Thank you!

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