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How long can i keep breastmilk in a fridge?

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Albi1623

Asked by Albi1623 at 4:12 PM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Follow the 3 rule...3 hours at room temp, 3 days in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:15 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • i was told one hour room temp. 1 day fridge 4 months freezer
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • • At room temperature - not warmer than 77 degrees F/25 degrees C - for up to four hours
    • In a coldbox with refreezable ice packs for up to 24 hours
    • In a refrigerator with a temperature of 39 degrees F/4 degrees C or colder for three to five days
    • In an older model single-door refrigerator with freezer compartment inside for two weeks.
    • In a fridge freezer with a separate door for each, for three months
    • In a freezer with a temperature of -20°C, that doesn't have a defrost cycle, for six to 12 months
    chrstny88

    Answer by chrstny88 at 4:21 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • • You may combine milk you collected that day with frozen milk as long as it's chilled for at least an hour first, and the amount that you are freezing is less than half of the frozen amount. Fresh milk retains more of its protective properties than frozen milk, so whenever possible, use refrigerated rather than frozen milk for feeding your baby. But note that frozen breast milk still has more health benefits than formula milk.
    • If you are going to freeze breastmilk, do so within 24 hours
    • Milk that has been moved into the refrigerator from the freezer can be stored there for up to 24 hours
    chrstny88

    Answer by chrstny88 at 4:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • There is SO much variation on this! The instructions that came with my pump differ from those that came with my bottles which differ from the ones in my book! I'd find a source you really trust elsewhere and go by that!
    KatieCrandall

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 5:01 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

  • i was told by a lactation expert in a breastfeeding class there is a 5 rule.....5 hrs room temp, 5 days fridge, 5 months freezer
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 PM on Jan. 2, 2009

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