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breastmilk question

If I warm up a bottle of breastmilk in warm water and don't use it right away can I put it back in the fridge and reuse if? HOw long is it good for at room temp?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:29 PM on Mar. 31, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 4 hours at room temp

    no you can not put it back in the fridge

    Answer by MELRN at 8:31 PM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • I *think* you can as long as it hasn't been frozen. Once the milk has been thawed from the freezer you can't re-freeze or chill it, but if it's never been frozen then it's ok. Better check with a lactation consultant or your pediatrician on that one though.

    Answer by AJsMomma at 10:29 PM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • Yes, you can put it back in the fridge after it's been out and even if baby drank from the bottle. I always thought it was just like formula in that regard, but learned about a year ago that it is not. You can't put formula back in, but you can put breastmilk back in. Thank god, b/c it's a precious commodity.

    Answer by mommy2aftan at 10:32 PM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • No. Once it's been re-heated, it's no longer got the live immunity properties that makes it possible to leave it at room temperature for hours after expressing.

    Bottles are not fitted with one-way valves and are not sealed from what's in the baby's mouth. If the baby's drank from the bottle, the milk is contaminated with digestive enzymes from the baby's saliva, and whatever bacteria is in the baby's mouth. It is not safe, ever, to put it back into the fridge (or leave it at room temperature) after it's contaminated. It is the perfect food for bacteria, and the primary cause of gastroenteritis in babies is spoiled milk (formula, plain cow's milk or breastmilk.)

    Store it in small quantities, reheat it in small quantities, and you'll find throwing it away when necessary less painful.

    Answer by LindaClement at 10:46 PM on Mar. 31, 2010

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