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

 
K3lly94

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.
    christaberk

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

  • 1 hr
    Anonymous

    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
    ohmama713

    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
    smb87

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

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

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

  • ok heres the real info from an IBCLC
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

    HUMAN MILK STORAGE - QUICK REFERENCE CARD
    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
    tabi_cat1023

    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.
    proud2Bmomma

    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.
    musicpisces

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

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