i've been able to bank 5-8 oz of extra milk per week now that i'm back to work and i've got a freezer stash of about 200 oz.
barring any illness or medication, i'm not sure when i'd ever need to use it. i don't think i could donate it because for a good portion of the time i spent pumping it i was on a couple meds (reglan to deal with low supply at first and then a penicillin to deal with mastitis.)
under what circumstances have you dipped into your freezer stash?
Also we have used the freezer stash for the rare occasions MIL has watched DS and I didn't have fresh pumped (doubly rare, as MIL has watched DS only 3-4 times, and only 1 or 2 did we need to use frozen)
still save it in the event your DC ever needs more than you pump in a day
Katrina - Mama to Gabriel 11/20/2009 and Norah 10/11/2011 and Theo03/11/2013- married to Wayne -
Some woman also dip into there frozen when AF start's up again. Or,to use with solids once your LO start's on solids. Or, if you have to travel for work on short notice. 200 ounces would get you through a few days of bottle only.
This is a great link about using your stash responsibly.
i had about the same amount saved up. I started donating to HMBANA here in texas. You may try posting on milk share to see if there is a mama near you that will take the milk despite the meds.
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
i'm a wohm full time, my dh is a sahd. normally, she just eats what i pump each day. however,
we've used freezer milk for various reasons:
when dd has had a growth spurt/teething etc. and wanted more than i had pumped
when af made supply go down a bit
when i was in a big hurry in the morning to get out the door, and she had woken to eat recently enough that i failed to pump that morning
when i was too damned lazy, busy, or demanded upon to make that 3rd pumping at work, or else i had to work late..
and, my personal d'oh! when i have forgotten- on more than one occasion-- to put the milk in the fridge upon getting home after work. that is what having a baby does to my brain.
you will use that stash, even if you are not a space cadet like me...
Is it getting lonely in the echo chamber yet?
We dipped into the freezer stash when he hit growth spurts, and needed the extra milk. I think for DD we might also thaw out milk for the transition to cup drinking, since DS still won't drink any kind of milk from a cup (he's still nursing though). And, like others have said, it's good for when baby starts eating solids to mix with the solids.
If you think of it, freeze some in ice cube trays, and put it in a mesh feeder this summer to help cool the baby down.
Update: Baby girl born Nov 19th!
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13