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Old 04-23-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

My DH and I are thinking about starting TTC in August of this year. I exclusively BF my 6m DS. I was donating breastmilk to babies in need but stopped because I want to get my own stockpile going. My logic behind this is that I'm afraid I wont produce enough milk for my 6m DS. I pump in the morning and at night currently. I think I have about 600oz in my deep freezer. I have no idea how much I should stockpile. I was nursing ODS when I got pregnant with #2 (miscarried) and then #3. He weaned when he was about 22m. I don't think he was getting much milk from me at that point due to the pregnancy.

Am I crazy for wanting to stockpile so much milk? How much should I stockpile? My son eats 3oz at a feeding. He eats about every 3hrs during the day and 1x at night.

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What kind of freezer is it in? Regular freezers have a limit of 3 or 4 months. I would go for it with that in mind!

I would still keep my child at the breast best i could because fresh milk keeps up with viruses and baby's age, but frozen is better than formula i assume!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Re: Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

In a deep freezer, milk is only good for 6 months. The average baby consumes between 25 and 32 oz. Assuming 6 months is 180 days times 32oz, you will need 5760 oz. The truth is, you may or may not need all of that milk (depending on where your supply is) and your supply dip will get more and more as your pregnancy progresses. The problem is that you will only get 6 months into your pregnancy, and pregnancy is 9-10 months. That is 3-4 months where you will have no choice but to supplement with something else. Only you can decide whether you can realistically pump that much milk, and be able to keep track of expiration dates. Because anything you pump now, needs to be used before the end of October, where you may/may not even be pregnant.

More importantly, you will be asking your body to make 2.5 times the amount of milk that you are now. It will take time to get your body to make THAT much AND that amount of milk will probably screw with your fertility and cause you to lose ovulation or change the luteal phase where you won't be able to get pregnant even if you do get your period.
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Re: Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

It's a deep freezer. I had read that bm keeps 12m in a deep freezer....hmm...Thanks for the advice.

I've been pumping 1x in the morning since the birth of my youngest DS. I recently started pumping 1x at night but it's to replace a feeding and have my DH give him a bottle. So my body is used to it. I've had my periods back since 3m PP.

I was just starting to save milk in preparation for supplementing in the case that my supply does go down. If it doesn't then I will donate the milk.
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Pumped milk can be stored in a deep freezer for up to 12 months
I don't know how much you'd need to stock though. I would just pump as much as you'd like, you can't really have too much.
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I just wanted to post this to clarify. LLL Milk Storage Guidelines.

Breastmilk begins to loses its "live" immunity factors as soon as it is frozen. The longer it is frozen, the more those are decreased. LLL says 6 months is ideal but 12 months is acceptable. I personally opt for ideal.

This link mentions "where" to place the milk in the freezer for best results. Keeping milk away from self defrosting sides is ESSENTIAL!
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In this case: getting pregnant, losing your supply, etc. I would consider "acceptable breastmilk" to still be superior to any alternative
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Re: Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

Thanks for all the help ladies.
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Re: Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

So happy to see another donating mommy! Cheers!
It's a great idea to stockpile...you'll always have some in case of an emergency! With my first, I had 70 oz frozen for him, however never used an oz of it! It you find you're not going to use it before it expires, send it to donation quick! (the milk bank I donate at suggests milk be sent in by 5.5 months from date pumped).
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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Re: Milk stockpile, pregnancy, and nursing

Your baby will be 10 months by the time you TTC, is that correct? So then you'd' only have two months before the necessity for formula if you aren't breastfeeding, right? So that isn't as much and many people don't seem to experience a decrease immediately upon getting pregnant, so you might very well get to 12 months without an issue even if you get pregnant the first try!

It is always hard to tell how much they may be consuming as they get bigger, so I'd go for just stockpiling what works for you and keeping close track of dates so you can donate if you don't use it

I've been donating here too. First just had so much and went to local mamas, then our friend was in need to supplement her baby who is two months younger than mine, so I've kept up what I can to minimize the formula she gets. It has definitely been interesting to see/hear comments
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