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    Default Too early to freeze?

    Hi.. I have a 1 month old. She has been drinking breast milk but through a bottle. She had a hard time latching on so I have been pumping since the beginning. I have been blessed with lots of milk so I have already started freezing it. Is it too early to save for later? I know I have to use it within 4 months (and 24 hrs after it's thawed) but will the nutrient still be good for when she is older?

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    Default Re: Too early to freeze?

    Congrats on having a big supply! You might want to invest in a freezer as most high volume EPers would recommend. Yes the early milk is still good when she is older but I would try and rotate out the very early milk sooner then later.

    I've heard a story that one EP mom waited the three months to rotate the very early milk and it gave the older baby the squirts. Her explanation was that the milk with colostrum has components that help the baby keep regular and as the baby gets older they don't need that component.
    Trying to keep up with a busy 3.5 year old Morgan Alexis born 11/5/09 at 6 lbs 5 oz and proud retired 1 year EP'er!

    Nursing our new addition Jordan Catherine born 10/21/12 at 7 lbs 14 oz.

    Total donated milk so far - 1,368 ounces!

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    Default Re: Too early to freeze?

    This link may answer some of your questions about BM storage.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html
    This link has info about maintaining your milk supply while pumping.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/ma...pply-pump.html
    and this link has some info about getting your LO back to the breast if you are interested. exclusively pumping is a lot of work so in the long run working on getting your LO back to the breast will be an easier solution.
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html
    Good luck!!!
    Jessica

    Moma to DS1-the monkinroanie (3/09) and DS2-the sweet pumpkin (5/12)
    Strong Women- May we have the delight of knowing them, the courage to be them and the privilege of raising them.
    And yes I know my spelling terrible (is that spelled right? )

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    Default Re: Too early to freeze?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*gracejennifer View Post
    Hi.. I have a 1 month old. She has been drinking breast milk but through a bottle. She had a hard time latching on so I have been pumping since the beginning. I have been blessed with lots of milk so I have already started freezing it. Is it too early to save for later? I know I have to use it within 4 months (and 24 hrs after it's thawed) but will the nutrient still be good for when she is older?
    Save all milk. You can use it and if you have too much you can always donate it for use with NICU babies (see my tag line if you are interested).
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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