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How long is breastmilk good after you take it out of the fridge?

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Asked by Cammy400 at 3:40 PM on Jun. 12, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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    Answer by jorjiegirl at 3:42 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • 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, discuss storage guidelines with baby’s doctor.


    Answer by liss05 at 7:43 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it may be refrigerated and offered at the next feeding before it is discarded.

    Answer by liss05 at 7:44 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • nurse told me remember the number 5 5 5.
    5 hours for room temperature
    5 days in the fridge
    5 months if it's in freezer

    Answer by Amy2079 at 8:47 PM on Jun. 12, 2011

  • When I worked in daycare (2 diff ones), it was state regulation that breast milk be discarded after 3 hours in room temp.

    Answer by TylersMommy0808 at 12:52 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Smell it and taste it if there's any doubt in your mind. Why go by strict rules?

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 10:57 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

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