Okay, I know this is an old thread, so I may not get an answer, but I would like to lay out a few different scenarios and get an opinion of what might be best to do. but first, some specifics about my situation.
1. I pump 3 to 4 times per day. the first is at about 8:30Am and the last at about 3:30PM.
2. I work 4 long days. I am away from home from 6:45Am until 5:30 or 6:00 PM. And from Fri to the next day I work on tuesdays is a 4 day stretch!
3. I cannot take too much more time to deal with the breast milk during my work day because i am pushing it as it is doing up to 4 pumping sessions per day, so I do not think I can do the bottle warming method or scalding at work.
4. My pumped milk starts to taste icky during the day, but is not too, too terrible after 24 hours - when the DC gives it to him, give or take an hour. My DS will drink it, but he is not terribly happy about it and I think he drinks less on those days then he would if I had scalded the milk.
5. I mark each bag with 1,2,3, etc so my DC knows which to give first.
6. When I take my milk from work at about 4:15 or so, it does not get home and back in my fridge or freezer until about 6pm.
7. I use the little black medela coolers with the ice packs.
8. I get 10-12 ounces in the AM and only about 3 by the afternoon.
9. At this point making sure my DS gets enough milk is not a concern. He is in the 90th for weight and the 70th for height. Big boy!
So, which should I do?
1. Pump and keep in the fridge at work, bring it home for the 1.5 hours of DC pick-ups and commute home in the cooler with ice pack, put it in the fridge at home and hope that he drinks it at DC the next day?
2. Pump and keep in fridge at work, and when I get home, mix it all up and scald the whole thing and then store it in the fridge for the next day? I would be hoping that the mixed scalded stuff will be only a little nasty tasting, even though the majority of it was pumped earlier in the day?
3. Pump and put right in the freezer at work and then have it end up thawing just a little bit for the 1.5 hour DC pick-up and commute home and then pop in the freezer again when I get home?
4. Do any of these scenarios need adapting for the 4-day weekend stretch?
Many thanks for this fantastic thread!