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Thread: how to start a milk storage???

  1. #1
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    Default how to start a milk storage???

    I am in the national guard and have to go away for weekends. I leave my son at my aunts while do this and I want to pump milk to send with him. I wanted to know when do you pump to start a stoarge and how often and how much would you send???

    Thank you
    angel

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    Default Re: how to start a milk storage???

    When will you have to start going away?

    I'm an exclusive pumper, so building up a supply was a bit easier for me - I didn't have to worry about being empty if dd got hungry.

    But from personal experience, you create the most milk early in the morning. So that would be a good time to pump and store some.

    Also, depending on how long your ds sleeps, you can pump after he goes to bed at night. This will give you more time to fill back up so to speak before he needs to eat again.

    Milk can stay in the fridge for up to 8 days if it hasn't been previously frozen. But if you don't need to use it right away, I would just freeze it.

    Just make sure your aunt knows all the rules for milk freshness.

    Good luck. And thank you for your service.

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    Default Re: how to start a milk storage???

    here's a great resource on handling breast milk & storage:

    http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp

    and here's one to help figure out how much milk your baby will need:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html

    a general rule of thumb is that baby needs 1 to 1.5 oz of milk for every hour away from mom

    so - if you're gone for 2 days (48 hours) that would be 48 to 72 oz
    Lynn
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    Default Re: how to start a milk storage???

    I will be going back in two weeks and i have a little bit already frozen so i have a little head start. thank you and the websites were every helpful.

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