I started pumping once a day when my boy was 3 weeks old. He is 8 weeks now. Primarily it was so my husband could give him a bottle once a day, to experience the joy of feeding him, and also to prepare him to take breastmilk from the bottle when I go back to work in 2 months.
It turns out, my fabulous Freestyle can get 10 oz in one pump session for me. So of course my body adjusted, and now if I don't pump, my breasts hurt.
Unfortunately, husband have not been able to give the baby the bottle on a consistent basis. Even when he does, baby only takes 1-2 oz per feeding, so I have 8 oz left over. So I figured I would just freeze the milk, in case I need to be absent for a few days or have some other emergency.
But now I am wondering- I have 5 weeks worth of frozen milk at 10 oz a day, or about 350 oz. I am going to work in 2 months, and if I continue at this rate, I will have over 900 oz frozen by then! I plan to pump at work, and continue breastfeeding at home, so he will be getting fresh milk then also. I am hoping to continue as long as possible, until a year at least.
Will he ever want the frozen milk? I think it can't be stored longer than 6 months.
Assuming my daily supply will not dwindle, what on earth will I do with all this frozen milk? Am I just crazy to continue the "what if" pumping? My mom says I can always add it to his food with it when he starts solids, and that it won't go to waste. I am afraid to stop pumping daily, because I am concerned the supply will drop too far down.