My day care would prefer the milk already bottled into single servings rather than in larger pumped bottles or milk bags. I am required to bring the milk daily and take home any milk left at the end of the day or dump it (They will not allow milk to remain in their refrigerator or freezer overnight because of the chance that the refrigerator could loose power). I have 2 questions relating to this:
1) Leftovers Scenario: I transport refrigerated bottles of breast milk (1 or 2 days old) in a cooler bag with a blue freezer block in the morning to work (about 1 hour in the car), the bottle then sits in their fridge all day, at the end of the day I pack it back in a cooler bag with a blue block (which I keep in the freezer all day so it is still frozen), I drive back home (1 hour) and put it in my fridge. Is this milk still good? I can not smell spoiled milk (who know why) so I can not do a sniff test. Any time I taste the milk it taste a little spoiled - even when fresh pumped. Any other ideas of how to test?
I always end up with an extra bottle b/c I bring enough to feed her bottles but I try to go in and nurse her at least once which leads to an extra bottle to bring home. I have to bring enough in the event that I can not nurse her one day I do not want her to go hungry or be given formula.
2) How much do most babies eat at one feeding? My LO is just over 3 months and generally eats Oz at each feeding except at night she will eat up to 6oz (though I generally only nurse at night - no bottles). I use Dr. Brown's bottles and I need to purchase more. Should I buy the big 8oz bottles or more of the 4oz bottles? I prefer the 4oz because they are easier to handle and transport but if she is going to start eating more than 4oz at a time real soon then I should just buy the larger 8oz bottles. I know this is a silly question but I am a 1st time mom and for all I know a baby could be 2 before they take the larger bottle or they could take it at 4 months of age - I don't know.
Thanks in advance!!