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How long can breast milk be stored in the freezer?

and how about the fridge? Also do you have to store in bags or can you pump in a bottle and put the bottle in the freezer? If you take a frozen bottle out of the freezer how do you thaw it out> And how do you warm up breat milk if it is pumped? And one other question you know how they say formula can sit out at room temp for 2 hours before throwing it out? Well how long can you keep pumped breast milk out at room temp? Sorry so many questions

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Apr. 5, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • I was taught the rule of 5s.

    room temp 5 hrs
    fridge 5 days
    freezer 5 months

    I have seen various suggestions from various sources though.

    Answer by ElenaC419 at 10:47 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • doulala

    Answer by doulala at 10:48 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • from the fridge to a bottle, use a bottle warmer or run the bottle under hot water. From the freezer, leave the bag/bottle in the fridge overnight and it will thaw, or run under water to thaw.


    Answer by ElenaC419 at 10:49 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • Also...I used those Gerber small glass bottles to freeze breast milk in. They were perfect, sanitary and re-usable. They take up more room than plastic bags, but there is NO risk of toxin seepage from glass bottles.


    Answer by boomamma at 11:04 AM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • I was taught 3's

    throw away room temp if out for more than 3 hours -
    i know for a fact that if you freeze BM and then thaw - that is only good for about 3 days
    and freezers vary greatly by coldness - in a sub zero fridge - you can keep it over a year... in a regular one i thought i was 6 months.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 12:33 PM on Apr. 5, 2011

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