I am sorry this is so long but I am confused!
A little background first-
I am pumping at work for daycare and nights I have to work late. I do not give any bottles on the weekend unless I have to be away from my LO which rarely happens.
During the week Ellie eats about 10.5oz/day at day care and a 2-3 days a week she gets another 1.5oz if I am going to be late. I am pumping on average 14 oz a day so I wind up with about 3oz a day overflow. This is 15oz/week going into the freezer plus what I pump on the weekends (about 10oz). So for every week I storing about a days worth of milk. The milk is in a closed drawer in the freezer so it only gets opened once a day and we keep our freezer colder than necessary by a few degrees. Assuming I continue pumping until Ellie is about a year and my supply stays where it is (and where it has been save a few scares where I dropped a little for a day) I will have about 1000oz of milk frozen. The oldest milk will be 10 months at that point.
And now my question-
When do I use this milk? I do not want it to go bad. If I stop pumping around a year this would allow me to send 10 oz of bm to day care a day for about 5 months but i thought at that point the amount of bm Ellie was drinking would start to decrease so it would last even longer. I also am assuming I will still be breastfeeding before and after work, at night and on the weekends.
If the milk is only good for a year I do not know if I will use it all before it goes bad if that is all I am using it for. If I start pump weaning at a year and finish around 15 months (which is what I am estimating) The oldest milk will be over a year before I can use it.
Should I start sending frozen milk to daycare and freezing the new milk to avoid this? I cannot use the oldest milk because of dairy elimination so I may loose about 2 months worth anyway but every time I add to my stash I wonder if it will all go to waste in the end. I would donate but I did not mark the dates when I was taking medication and I have been on a bunch of antibiotics so I don't feel comfortable with that. I dont mind giving it to Ellie because she did not react to it and the pediatrician and infantrisk calmed my concerns.
Im sorry if this is all over the place. I tried to organize it but I think faster than I type
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!