So right now I'm pumping at work (Mon-Thursdays, every 3-4 hours). Whatever I pump goes into bottles for the next day when #3 stays with a babysitter or my husband. Pumped milk at work goes into a bag with ice packs, then into the fridge when I get home. Sitter/husband warms the milk to feed her. I usually put 4 oz in a bottle. She rarely takes all of it, but still only eats every 3 hours (except for in the evenings, when she likes to cluster feed).
I've been reading conflicting things online about how long BM is good for. 10 hours after pumping at room temp, or should it be less? Can BM be heated, fed to baby, and whatever is left over be reused? Should it be chilled before reusing? Is it ok to heat it twice? How long is BM good for at room temp after it has been chilled and then reheated when baby was ready to eat? Sitter was telling me Monday and today that #3 is drinking all 4 oz each time, and seems to be eating more often, and she (sitter) thinks #3 needs more.
Now, after reading, I think a full 6 oz will go to waste, esp since for husband yesterday she only took about 3 out of every 4 oz. It's just too much for her little belly. Can I tell babysitter to reuse whatever doesn't get eaten? I think I'm going to go back to the fridge and re-portioning the milk again. I don't want pum[ed milk to go to waste.