I went back to work this past weekend and I'm having some storage questions. I work 12 hr shifts on sat and sun. I feed before I leave then pump when I get there. Plus 2-3 more times during the shift. I store each pump in breast milk bags in a little cooler that I keep in our employee fridge. I pump 2 times a day during the week for bottles on sat. Then sat pumps for sun. Sundays pumps for the following sat and or use during week if I have to leave him with sitter. My questions are:
Is it ok to use ziplock bags instead of breast milk bags because they are cheaper? And can I freeze milk in them
Should I freeze some of this milk? Or can I keep all of it in the fridge?
Can I just add already cold milk to cold milk and just keep in a sealed (Tupperware 32oz) container in the fridge?
I am just not sure how to cycle the pumped milk. I defrosted too much milk this weekend expecting him to eat a bottle every 2 hrs(3oz) and he didn't eat that often so I had to throw a lot out b/c it was over 24 hrs old(that sucked throwing it out). He only had 5-6 bottles on sat and 6 bottles on sun
My son usually feeds every 2 hrs from me at home. He will go 3 hrs in the am with a nap. He breastfeeds 8-10 x/day. Sleeps most of the night. 7 hrs usually. He wants to eat at 5 am which is perfect before I leave. Then I feed him when I get home and again around 9-10 pm.
I just don't want to throw out milk anymore. I freeze in small portions 3 oz usually.