We are exclusively pumping & giving DD a bottle. Right now, she is 1 month, 3 days old & eats approx. 3 oz. every 3 hours during the day then 4-5 hours at night, so max 20 oz. per day. I have an over supply of milk, so I have been storing in bags & freezing. I am wondering if I may reach a point in a few months where I have enough frozen milk stored up to last DD through her first year, but how do I know? I would hate to stop & then not have enough. Anyone have any experience wih this & could offer so advice? I'm hoping to keep giving her breastmilk for her first year.
Also I know that the frozen milk only lasts approx. 6 mos in the freezer in the side by side fridge/freezer, I would hate to waste any that I've already frozen! I have some stored in my mother in law's stand up freezer, which I'm assuming that will last closer to 10-12 mos. My grandparents offered us some space in a spare fridge/freezer (freezer on top, fridge on bottom) they have that they really only use the fridge portion. I'm thinking it will last longer than our side by side bc it is not being opened frequently, which I'm assuming is why milk in a stand up or deep freezer lasts longer. I appreciate the input!