Hi all -
My son has never been exclusively breastfed - ever since he was a newborn, he has been given half formula/half breastmilk. This was due to a situation where he was in the NICU and we've been happy with this arrangement.
He starts his regular daycare this Monday (he is almost 5 months old) and I have a question on frozen breastmilk.
I never had the intention of nursing/pumping this long but have found that I enjoy it. Because of that, I went on a 'freezing milk' frenzy in hopes of freezing enough breastmilk for a month and a half so he would hit 6 months of age with having some breastmilk. Now that he's 5 months old, I've found that I can do this and keep pumping/nursing.
I now have almost 1000 oz. of bmilk - the oldest bmilk was frozen on November 30th so we're at a little over 3 months old. After that, a bulk of it is from the months of December and January.
What is the best way to thaw and use the frozen bmilk?
Can I run a bag of frozen bmilk (his bottles are 3 oz. bmilk/ 3oz. formula) under warm water, mix his bottles for the day, and will it be good as long as I give him all the bottles within 24 hours? He has 4 bottles a day and has started cereal. Is this how the daycare should do it?
If I defrost the bmilk in the fridge, how long does that usually take? Does the 24 hour mark start as soon as I put the bag in the fridge?
I'm just simply confused.