I'm new here - have been trawling through this section of the forums for the last week or so, it's been fantastic as I haven't found as much "mum to mum" information on expressing and storage anywhere on the net (all in one place at least).
I'm in the process of creating a stash of EBM in my deep freeze. I currently have 5.5lt (I think that's about 186oz?) which I've been accumulating over the last month or so. I hand express as I don't own a pump.
My bub is 8 months old, and I feel so blessed that our bf relationship has been successful (I honestly take my hat off to all of you exclusive pumpers, what a huge effort), however, DH and I hope to start ivf again around 1 year, which means I will have to very regrettably wean. DD has a cows milk protein allergy, which will mean she will likely have to go onto Neocate formula, as she can't have soy until 2+. I hope to feed her frozen EBM for as long as I can.
My questions of all you lovely ladies is:
a) what would be a reasonable amount to have in a stash
b) does anyone know if the additional extraction of milk (1 expressing session on top of 5 feeds) would be preventing AF from returning? Most of my bf friends had AF back around 6 months
c) do I need to check periodically for lipase issues
d) am I ok to store meat etc in the deep freezer? The milk is stored in cubes in ziplock bags, then double bagged and put in a plastic storage box.
Sorry for the length, thanks for reading if you got this far!