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How long is expressed milk good for when its just sitting out?


Asked by K3lly94 at 9:11 PM on Aug. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Different sources will tell you different things. I THINK I read on my breast pump materials that it's good for 2 hours at room temp just sitting out. 3 days in the fridge, and 6 months in the freezer.

    Answer by christaberk at 9:13 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • 1 hr

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:13 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I think one hour someone told me to treat it just like formula when its hot use it but I really don't know good luck

    Answer by ohmama713 at 9:14 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • my lactation specialist at the hospital told me about he number 3 rule:

    3 hrs room temp.
    3 days in the fridge
    3 months in the freezer

    Answer by smb87 at 9:18 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Fresh milk- 4 hours
    taken from the fridge- 1 hour

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:22 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • ok heres the real info from an IBCLC

    Temperature Storage Time
    Freshly expressed milk
    Warm room 79°F / 25°C 4-6 hours
    Room temperature 66-72°F / 19-22°C 10 hours
    Insulated cooler / icepacks 60°F / 15°C 24 hours
    Refrigerated Milk (Store at back, away from door)
    Refrigerator (fresh milk) 32-39°F / 0-4°C 8 days
    Refrigerator (thawed milk) 32-39°F / 0-4°C 24 hours
    Frozen Milk (Do not refreeze! Store at back, away from door/sides)
    Freezer compartment
    inside refrigerator (older-style) Varies 2 weeks
    Self-contained freezer unit
    of a refrigerator/freezer Varies 3-6 months
    Separate deep freeze 0°F / 19°C 6-12 months
    These guidelines are for milk expressed for a full-term healthy baby.
    If baby is seriously ill and/or hospitalized, discus

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 9:27 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • Thank you tabi cat1023. I exclusively pumped for my twins for 2 months and that is the info I followed.

    Answer by proud2Bmomma at 10:25 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I've been told as long as 12 hours by a lactation consultant. There are antibodies in the milk that act like antibiotics, killing off the bad stuff. So if it sits for a few hours, you're fine, but you are wise to stick it in the fridge of freezer. FYI, stick it in the fridge to cool before freezing.

    Answer by musicpisces at 4:47 AM on Aug. 29, 2009