Using frozen expressed breast milk HELP!

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Using frozen expressed breast milk HELP!

Postby Domdom16 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:18 am

Hello,

We have a wedding to attend in a couple of weeks and both my husband and i are apart of the bridal party which means it will be a long day and i wont be able to attend to my 3.5 month old each time he wants to breastfeed. My mother in law will be there to assist and i have started expressing in preparation for this. I have been told by a midwife that to not confuse my supply i should express 30ml-50ml at a time. I have been doing this and freezing about 50ml each day in separate bags. My question is on the day can i unfreeze two - three bags and mix them together to make up one bottle? even though the milk was expressed on different days (some a few days apart), can i mix it all up once unfrozen? Im really struggling to understand this expressing and storing business, its getting me stressed out! :(
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Re: Using frozen expressed breast milk HELP!

Postby JennyD » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:03 pm

Hi
Yes, you can combine milk from more than one expressing session. Although serving them in 50ml lots is probably a good idea, as once bub has started drinking from the bottle it is contaminated, and if bub only takes half a bottle you need to throw the rest. Not such a sad thing if the bottle only had 50ml in to start with, but throwing half of 100ml is much more frustrating. You may find our caregivers guide helpful here too: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-inf ... stfed-baby You may also find this blog about expressing helpful as well as all the information on our webpage: http://yvettesramblings.blogspot.com.au ... g-and.html
Hope this helps.
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Re: Using frozen expressed breast milk HELP!

Postby Domdom16 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:07 pm

Thank you. So should i unfreeze the milk in the fridge over night and then on the day put it in separate bottles? Will i need to keep them in a cooler bag and just take them out when needed? Im so sorry if these are silly questions, im a first time mum and not sure about expressing. Thanks again
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