At 6 this morning, I went into the kitchen to find my lunch for today, only to discover the freezer door half-way open. To my dismay, all of Evie’s milk – at least 120 ounces – was mostly or partially thawed. Breastmilk cannot be refrozen once thawed, and is only safe for a baby to consume within 24 hours after thawing, so in just one night at least two-thirds of her stash (the rest is in my mother’s freezer at her house) was gone.
I’m bummed, but only because of the sheer waste of milk bags (which are expensive), time (pumping out that much milk is not exactly a jolly good time), and liquid gold (we can always buy more meat and ice cream, but breastmilk is significantly rarer to come by). I’d been casually considering donating a lot of our stash milk to help out a mother and child who need it, which requires a 100 ounce minimum, so Eve was probably never going to get much of that milk anyway. But still, this was a waste.
I’ll do something with it, although it sucks that I only have 24 hours (and, of course, I have class tonight, so I can’t even get started until after 9 pm). The thought of staying up late tonight doesn’t exactly thrill me, as I am already exhausted, but I just can’t let that milk all go to waste.
I would write more, but the heat (high of 104 degrees today and a code red air quality day – UGH) and my lack of energy are making it difficult for me to think. Bah.