I keep telling my little girl that if she only eats all her milk she can come (but she's not listening to me) :) I guess that starts early.
Some feeds she will now take her whole bottle (50 cc's) but then the next feed she may never wake up....so it's still a waiting game - on HER schedule!
Ok, just so you understand what I've been doing for the last 3 months, here's a picture of our new 6 foot tall freezer! Yes, it's almost entirely full of my milk! My hard work 6-7 times a day, every day. I don't have much of a life away from my pump.
My biggest fear is a power outage! I think I would have an emotional break-down if that should happen.
I've figured out approx just how much milk this is:
There are 14 bottles in each zip lock bag.
The bottles can hold up to 4 ounces (but I'd say they are each filled to 3 ounces as an average).
14 bottles each bag
2 rows on each shelf
4 shelves (I've already almost filled up 1/2 the 5th shelf)
apporx 3 ounces per bottle
OK, that's over 2,300 OUNCES of my milk!!!! Wow. I feel like a cow. (Brian calls me his "Cash Cow" as Breast milk is VERY expensive to buy, over $4.00 an ounce - if I could/wanted to sell it (it's normally donated), that would be $10,000!)
You may ask why??? Well, until she comes home and we see how we can work out a breast feeding schedule along with my work and how she does, I don't want to donate any of my milk just yet. (I don't want to have to pump for ever, and with so much stored up I could start reducing pumping/breast feeding. As I do have to go back to work, this way Brian can feed her with my milk when I'm not around). I didn't want to make any cutbacks on my production until she's home so I can actually try to breast feed her.