how much milk in total will a baby go through between 1-12 months of age?
- EBF babies need 25-35oz of milk per day on average. Need goes down gradually the more they eat solids.
how long would it take to express this amount while Exclusively breastfeeding for at least 6 months?
- Depends on how good your supply is.
Do you think it would be possible to do it in say 3/4/5 months?
- If you have a really good supply, you could potentially build up a couple of months' worth of frozen stash.
How long will it take for my milk supply to dry up once I decide to stop?
- Anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how much supply you have left.
How long will milk keep in a deep freezer?
- Up to 6 months.
How many ml/oz to freeze in one bag?
- I felt that 5oz was a good amount, personally, but very little babies may not take more than 2-4oz in one sitting. Older babies take 6-8oz.
If there is a power outage, will I have to throw all my milk away?
- If it thaws to the point of having no ice crystals left, yes.
If you want to build up a good freezer stash, the best time to do it will be in the first 12 weeks after baby's birth. After that milk supply stabilizes and it will be hard to increase supply by very much. If you want to build up a couple of month's worth, basically you'll need to encourage an oversupply from the first week by nursing exclusively and then also pumping after pretty much every feed. It will be a lot of work, you will be uncomfortable, you'll likely "leak" quite a lot, and you'll have to get up every 3-4 hours during the night to pump whether your baby is awake or not. Most moms who exclusively pump have to do so 6-8 times in 24 hours, which amounts to every 3-4 hours around the clock, plus "power pumping" sessions anytime supply starts trying to fall off.