Re: Okay, back to work 2mrw, how does this milk storage bag thing work?
I would send 10 oz. of breastmilk, to be safe. Since you're only gone for 5 hours, the baby might only take 2 small bottles of 4 oz. each. This all depends on your baby. After a week or so, you'll get to know how much milk your daughter is taking and you can adjust. Try and nurse her right before you leave for work, and right when you get home.
You should freeze the breastmilk in small-ish quantities so you're not wasting any if the baby doesn't drink it all. At the beginning, I was freezing milk in 2 & 3 oz. portions. Now that my baby is 10 months old, I feel more comfortable freezing in 4 & 5 oz. portions.
Take 10 oz. of breastmilk out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge to thaw a little bit. Then the next day, it's a little faster to heat up for your mom. Breastmilk can thaw in the fridge for 24 hours.
The safest way to thaw a bag of frozen breastmilk is in a bowl of warm/hot water. There is no other faster way. That's it.
Good luck at work, mama! Let us know how it goes!
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