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frozen ebm - longer term value

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weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 15:31:34

hi folks - her eis have been expressing away building up a reserve stock in my freezer to use when i go back to work. only probs - i have now been told that as the quality of my milk changes as time goes on - this stuff is pretty much useless. arghhhhh - have all my expressing efforts been a waste!

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 15:34:28

typos!!! should have been -

hi folks - here i have been expressing away building up a reserve stock in my freezer to use when i go back to work. only probs - i have now been told that as the quality of my milk changes as time goes on - this stuff is pretty much useless. arghhhhh - have all my expressing efforts been a waste!

tiktok Sat 15-Sep-07 16:19:23

Eh? Who on earth has told you that? The constituents of milk do change a little bit, over time, but not so that earlier milk becomes 'pretty much useless' - the milk will be absolutely fine for your baby, whenever she has it.

laura032004 Sat 15-Sep-07 16:23:45

I've given DS 1 & 2 milk that had been frozen for months. In fact, DS1 had milk on his cereal expressed whilst feeding DS2 - no problems at all. It will be fine

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 17:44:18

tiktok - it was at a bf group today - a hv.

i think she meant that as the milk we produce gets richer - the earlier stuff wont have the nutrients???

if i give dd this - will she still be getting what she needs??

laura032004 Sat 15-Sep-07 17:57:27

BM does change on an almost daily basis, so the milk for today will have antibodies in etc designed for any illnesses you're currently in contact with. However, it will always be better for your baby to have your bm, expressed and frozen previously or not, than formula. Formula is the same day in day out from birth to whenever, so doesn't change to suit the baby at all. Presumably you will be feeding 'directly' at certain times in the day, so she will be getting 'perfect' milk then.

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 22:19:45

thankslaura - i just hated to think that all my carefully packaged and frozen bags would be in vain!

hunkermunker Sat 15-Sep-07 22:22:26

Your HV needs retraining. Or training in the first place. Or shooting.

She's talking crap, I'm afraid.

Well done you for expressing - that's fab!

You might want to ask her why the milk bank cheerfully took almost 2 litres of my milk for preemies that I expressed when DS2 was 6mo...

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 22:33:57

lol hunker - this one was not my regular HV who seems a bit more sussed on bf - even if that means she admits when she doesnt have a clue. this one is a bit of a loose cannon and belive it or not - was leading a consultation on bf!!!

just counted my bags of milk- have 120!! - proud face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

now off to find ways to make momscicles!!

hunkermunker Sat 15-Sep-07 22:42:21

Oh, wow, well done!

geordiemacminx Sat 15-Sep-07 22:47:52

I knew this would be you WO grin

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 23:32:08

gmm - how come??? grin r u trying to say that all the bf probs are me?? grin

bookthief Sat 15-Sep-07 23:36:05

Was going to mention milk banks as example of how you hv was talking bolleaux but hunker beat me to it grin

Just as well you found out before you binned the milk for the sake of the hv's continuing health... (I was very upset when dh spilled some ebm and that was probably only about 4oz).

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 23:47:31

hi bt!! good to see you!
maybe i should just take some frozen bags down to clobber her with!!!

bookthief Sat 15-Sep-07 23:52:56

Noooooooooooooo don't waste it shock

A poke in the eye with a sharp stick will do just as well wink

PillockOfTheCommunity Sat 15-Sep-07 23:54:55

have to say WO, I too suspected this would be you before I clicked wink

weeonion Sat 15-Sep-07 23:57:37

pillock - now i am paranoid? why the heck did you think it would be me??????

PillockOfTheCommunity Sun 16-Sep-07 00:08:08

cos you were online and you scots have the nuttiest HV's advising you wink

weeonion Sun 16-Sep-07 00:17:55

maybe just some of the ones around the east end of glasgow????
not all are bad - maybe a bit outdated and given that the bf rates are so low round here - maybe dont have to do that much research.

StealthPolarBear Sun 16-Sep-07 12:43:39

120 bags shockshockshockshockshockshockshockshockshockshockshockshockshock
I have about 5 and thought i was doing
When do you do all this expressing??
(Bearing in mind C is only about 140 days old!)
I count myself lucky if I can express 1 feed a day

weeonion Sun 16-Sep-07 16:40:55

spb - i am express queen!! grin. i do tend to produce alot of milk and will get engorged ( hard as the road!!). before some feeds - i express off a wee bit and will keep this. some of the bags only have 60 / 70 mls in them - so not full feeds. i will still have to get up to express off during the night!

it is a veritable dairy round here!

StealthPolarBear Sun 16-Sep-07 16:44:24

you certainly are express queen - might go and sterilise that pump!

trixymalixy Mon 17-Sep-07 21:02:33

bloody hell WO!!

Are you attached to the pump permanently?!?

weeonion Tue 18-Sep-07 22:00:53

nope - i am not on the pump constantly - but it dos feel that i either have dd or avent at me!
i guess i always want o t have some supplies built up - in case i had to give up bf. still going and getting an extra bag or 2 a day!

trixymalixy Tue 18-Sep-07 22:17:41

I'd be too paranoid that I'd manage to leave the freezer door ajar again to have that much in the freezer. Do you have a back up generator just in case wink?

I don't mind the expressing so much it's the cleaning and sterilising that I hate otherwise I'd probably have a bigger supply than I do.

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