just enough for first day + emergency spill – “Try to keep milk on a one in – one out cycle. Women are tempted to fill their freezer with expressed milk before returning to work, but are then more likely to neglect pumping on a busy work day, potentially reducing their supply or risking blocked ducts or mastitis. Aim to pump enough each day for your baby to drink on your next work day. For example, if your baby drinks 2x 100mL bottles during the day on Monday, aim to pump 200mL that day. That milk is then left for your baby to drink on Tuesday, and so on. Ideally you would do this at equally spaced intervals (eg. Every 3 hours), but the volume pumped is more important if this is not manageable.”
Feed the baby not the freezer – this will save you mental energy "Feed the baby ... not the freezer." It's hard to feed a newborn and that newborn's future self in 6 months by at breast feeds and pumping for frozen stash. What you pump on Monday at work should be given on Tuesday -- what you pump on Tuesday is given on Wednesday -- and on and on. Fresh milk has more vitamins and anti-infection properties than frozen milk anyway. And many babies refuse frozen milk and you've wasted a whole lot of time! (and you might have high levels of lipase too!) Stay off the #frozenMilkTreadmill .... which is a time sink and time waster. It's when you have made this huge stash and feel obligated to use it and so you rotate some of it into the mix with your fresh. But then every single day some of your fresh milk has to be frozen (thus the treadmill.....). It adds about 20 minutes to each side of your day to coordinate labelling, thawing, freezing, transferring milk with ZERO benefit to the baby. That's 3.5 hours of time per work week WASTED that you could be staring at your gorgeous infant or binge watching a show or going on a date night with your partner.
Most women feel a powerful nesting need to stockpile frozen milk in crazy quantities before returning to work. myth of the frozen stash and how it decreases milk supply. When you find your supply is going down and you reach for frozen stash to top off baby - then you aren't getting the root of why your supply is down -- you can't get your body to make more -- you are probably giving baby too much -- you may create a breast refuser because they will need to be topped off even when they are at the breast!! You need about 2 workday hours' worth of frozen milk for emergencies and spills (calculated at 1-1.25 ounces per hour), but more than that is unnecessary and may ultimately lower your supply if you use it to compensate for less pumped at work. We recommend a modest freezer stash and embrace #EXACTproducing ! You will skip pump sessions at work if you have a large freezer stash. You will be up pumping in the middle of the night when your baby is sleeping when you have to maintain oversupply that you created to make the giant freezer stash. You risk getting recurrent plugged ducts and mastitis from oversupply created on maternity leave that can't be emptied at same rate when back at paid work. You steal the joy of your precious maternity leave time making the freezer stash. And hopefully you aren't actually stealing milk from your baby growing in front of you! We see "freezer theft" as a cause for a slow growing infant.
Watch its. Irregular pumping can cause pain or discomfort as . One study from Hong Kongsuggested that irregular breast emptying can cause milk stasis. They mentioned women who were working, may have stopped pumping on weekends. We haven’t been able to find any particular studies on this though.