I prepare a total of 15oz per day for my baby. The 15oz is equally divided into 5 containers of 3oz each, which is the amount she takes per serving. The 5 containers are a mixture of fresh and previously frozen EBM, which are numbered from 1 to 5, with 1 being the first to be used.
My baby drinks on average of 12oz per day. Only occasionally she takes all the 15oz. So, here is what I do.
- Upon returning home from work every evening, I will check for any unconsumed milk. Usually there is one, the container bearing lid number 5. I exchange the lid with lid number 1 and put in the fridge for tomorrow use. So, I need another 12oz for tomorrow. If there is no balance, then I will have to prepare 15oz for tomorrow.
- From the 12oz (or 15oz), 9oz (or 12oz) is taken from:
- the milk expressed at the office for the morning and afternoon sessions and
- the frozen stock. Amount of frozen EBM that needs to be thawed = 9oz - (amount of EBM from the morning session + afternoon session). If there is no balance from the day, then the amount of frozen EBM needed = 12oz - (amount of EBM from the morning session + afternoon session).
It may seem a bit tedious, but once you get the hang of it, you can do it in a breeze. This is the best way I find so far where I am able to give my baby the best of fresh EBMs while ensuring that the frozen EBM stock is also used (first-in-first-out of course) and get replaced, hence, avoiding expired EBMs.
|Fruitful EBM management. I still have this much of stock available and my baby is 4 months old now. In the yellow ice cream container are some 10 packs of EBM in breastmilk storage bags.|
|Some 8 x 2oz more at the freezer door. Not the best place for EBM but these are meant to be frequently used & restocked, so, to me, it's okay for them to be there.|
A lesson learned here: Don't be so particular about wanting to have equal amount of EBM in each container when you want to freeze them as EBM stock. As you can see, the amount that you need varies depending on the baby consumption and mama production of the day. Thanks for reading :)