My boy is 4 months now, I have saved more than 100 bags of breastmilk in the freezer, but he only drinks the fresh ones. I really don't want to thro all of them away. Does anyone have the same situation?

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Lise - posted on 12/31/2010




Do you have an excess lipase issue? (Not a problem as long as the baby drinks it, but most babies are more bothered by it when the milk is frozen.)

I'd save it and add it to solids.

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2009




Yeah I would totally save them for cereal he may even ougrow this and take them later

Tracy - posted on 04/15/2009




i did with my third son. he was a premie so i started pumping for him. he never really caught up to the amount i pumped.  In a large freezer, its good for a year.  Try slowing down gradually how much you pump. eventually you will only make what he eats.  If you still want to pump, try feeding him shorter amounts and then give an ounce in a bottle. This is good for dads or sibilings to help, also frees you up some.  Or use the frozen milk in his baby cereal when he starts eating it.

i do know there are also banks you can donate it to

Your kids are beautiful!

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2009




How are you defrosting them? You may be changing the taste of the milk if you are defrosting to quickly. If you allow them to defrost in the refrigerator in a bowl of water and then are careful not to overheat past body temperature, you may get a better results. Also, are you feeding the milk from a bottle or is he not taking it from other caregivers. If he is not taking it from you, it may be because he knows that he can get it from the breast which is not only "fresher" but also much more comforting than taking it from a bottle. I suggest never feeding him from the bottle. Bottles should be used only be other caregivers. Also, there are contraptions (and positions) that other care givers can use that will make the expereience more like nursing. One last thought, the bottles and nipples that you are using could also be causing the rejection of the bottle. Maybe consider using nipples that are designed for breastfed babies (like Avent) along with a drop-in bag style bottle that will feed more like a breast. Also, I'd consider using newborn nipples that are slower flow and more similar to breastfeeding than the faster flow stage 2 or 3 nipples.

My guess is that your baby just prefers to breastfeed than to bottle feed. It is a lot different. Whatever you can do to make it more similar might help.

Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2009




not in the same situation, but you could use them for when you make cereal for him or add some into mashed bananas! just some ideas.

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