My little one is already 5 months old. I really cannot believe how fast the time has flown. Throughout this length of time, I have been saving mommy’s milk for a rainy day.
Just how much rain is this mommy prepared for? I think I’m ready for a hurricane. It’s been two months now during which I haven’t even had to dive into the voluminous freezer reserves, and I’ve been pumping 4 times a day when working and once a day on off days. So now about half of my freezer is filled up with – yup, you guessed – milk. I started to count the bags yesterday. When I got past forty bags, I stopped. Each bag has 4-6 ounces of milk in it, making me think that I probably have 200-300 ounces in reserve right now. No joke.
Now I ask you mommas out there for help. Is this excessive? Or just right? To me it seems excessive. First of all I have *no* idea how I’ll ever get through all that milk. Furthermore I am concerned that I am running out of space in the freezer where I can store food. This is the time when I have decided to call my lactation consultant for advice – this time to figure out what the heck to do with all that milk that I have in reserve. They call it liquid gold for a reason. That milk has been hard-earned and carefully collected. I don’t want it to go to waste.
How much milk should I really be storing? I keep waiting for the time when baby starts solid foods. Then I plan to thaw the milk in batches and to use it to prepare his little baby stuff, but so far he’s only on small quantities of rice cereal and even if I prepare half an ounce of milk with a spoon of rice cereal or so, he can’t finish that.
Would love to hear anyone’s advice on the matter! I’m up to my earlobes in stored milk! If this is a reasonable supply to keep, fine. But if anyone is in need of milk or knows where I could donate the milk I have, that would help me out immensely!