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EBF/EP: How much milk are you able to freeze per day?

I breastfeed, but give 1 bottle of bm a day (gives DH a chance to feed her, and gives me a break), but I will pump during that time so my body knows to continue making milk.  I also usually pump after her morning nursing session.  Each day I am able to freeze about 8-12 oz of milk.  I am just wondering if this is normal, or if I should be freezing more?  I SAH, so the only reason I am getting a stash built up is in case I get sick or if I will be away for a long period of time.
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Re: EBF/EP: How much milk are you able to freeze per day?

  • 8-12 oz a day is a lot, you definitely have an oversupply.  It is good to have a small stash on hand but, unless you rotate, it will go bad. 

    Just think of it this way, if you keep it up at that rate you are going to need an extra freezer.  It will only take about 3 months to have 1000 oz in there!

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  • I EP and freeze about 6oz per day.  On a bad day, none.  A good day, maybe 10?
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  • I don't pump every day (I'm kind of lazy about it), but will if I feel a bit engorged, say on a day DS ate less.

    I can usually get 4-6 oz. When I was pumping more frequently, upwards to 10. Now that DS eats solids, and DH can handle those feedings, I'm less inclined to pump for bottles solely so DH can feed DS. I generally keep 60-70 ounces frozen at any one time should I be away from DS for any length of time.

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  • I tried to have to freeze none.  I wanted my LO to have fresh as much as possible.  I ended up donating the rest of my stash.
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  • image Ladiebug710:
    812 oz a day is a lot, you definitely have an oversupply.nbsp; It is good to have a small stash on hand but, unless you rotate, it will go bad.nbsp;
    Just think of it this way, if you keep it up at that rate you are going to need an extra freezer.nbsp; It will only take about 3 months to have 1000 oz in there!


    This. That is a lot of milk, especially since you SAHM. I would definitely only pump when you give a bottle, and if you continue to produce that much look into an ongoing donation.

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  • I EBF on evenings and weekends and pump at work. At first I was freezing about the same amount as you.  Now I've cut back to around 4oz a day.  My stash is around 200 oz. & I really don't want any more than about 300oz.  If I get more I'll donate.
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  • image CLLDLL:
    I EBF on evenings and weekends and pump at work. At first I was freezing about the same amount as you.  Now I've cut back to around 4oz a day.  My stash is around 200 oz. & I really don't want any more than about 300oz.  If I get more I'll donate.

    Same here.  I have close to 350oz now and that's way more than I need.  I'm trying to get to the point where I'm only pumping enough for the next day or maybe a couple extra ounces.  Aside from daycare, I'm not away from DD very often, so there's no reason to have a giant stash.

  • I was actually in the same place you are now.  I went back to work at 8 weeks, but was so worried about not having enough milk I was freezing 10-12 oz a day from 5 weeks on. 

    Well now I have about 600 oz in the freezer (I am looking into donation).  I am down to freezing only about 12 oz a week at this point, but it took longer than I thought it would to downregulate my supply.

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  • Wow, that's a ton.

    On maternity leave I froze about 4oz/day, and I thought that was a decent amount.  Now I don't freeze anything and my goal is to just not dip too far into my freezer stash.

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  • I EBF and I'm back at work full time.

    I'm still freezing 10+oz a day. Getting another freezer and I rotate as necessary, and looking to donate.

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    Well now I have about 600 oz in the freezer (I am looking into donation).  I am down to freezing only about 12 oz a week at this point, but it took longer than I thought it would to downregulate my supply.

    I only pump about 5-6 ounces extra a day, and it's too much. My freezer is basically full. How do you start weaning off the extra pumping and downregulate the supply? I was just going to start pumping a minute or two less in the morning each week until I'd basically weaned off that session completely.

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    Wow, that's a ton.

    On maternity leave I froze about 4oz/day, and I thought that was a decent amount. 

    This!.  I also have a healthy supply.  On average, I get about 6-10oz per pumping.  I am freezing about 20oz a week, which is way too much.  I'm only defrosting around 4oz per week.  I will probably cut back my pumping around 10-11 months and work through my freezer stash.  



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