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frozen breast milk

Anonymous
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How long is it good for at room temp after it has been thawed? Would it still be okay after two hours?
Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM
On the same say it was thawed
Maxi_Maxi
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Ooh I don't know. I don't use it after an hour.
TurtleMomma82
by Barbie on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I think it's still okay...but use it quickly:)

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I think it's good for 4 hours. Double check with the breastfeeding group.

Hanab818
by Ruby Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM
I use it rightaway. I would never letit sit.
kaylaybaby666
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM
For about 3 hours
ninjakids
by Christina on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM
its 4 hours at room tempurature. You will probably have to shake it but thats it.
mweber
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM
Kelymom.com has a chart
lainey531
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM
When my son was in the nicu, nurses told me 4 hours max at room temp.
.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Storage guidelines

HUMAN MILK STORAGE – QUICK REFERENCE CARD
TemperatureStorage Time
Freshly expressed milk
Warm room80-90°F / 27-32°C3-4 hours
Room temperature61-79°F / 16-26°C4-8 hours
(ideal: 3-4 hours)
Insulated cooler / ice packs59°F / 15°C24 hours
Refrigerated Milk (Store at back, away from door)
Refrigerator (fresh milk)32-39°F / 0-4°C3-8 days
(ideal: 72 hrs)
Refrigerator (thawed milk)32-39°F / 0-4°C24 hours
Frozen Milk (Do not refreeze! Store at back, away from door/sides)
Freezer compartment inside refrigerator (older-style)Varies2 weeks
Self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator/freezer<39°F / <4°C6 months
Separate deep freeze0°F / -18°C12 months
(ideal: 6 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.
To avoid waste and for easier thawing & warming, store milk in 1-4 ounce portions. Date milk before storing. Milk from different pumping sessions/days may be combined in one container – use the date of the first milk expressed. Avoid adding warm milk to a container of previously refrigerated or frozen milk – cool the new milk before combining. Breastmilk is not spoiled unless it smells really bad or tastes sour.To thaw milk

  • Thaw slowly in the refrigerator (this takes about 12 hours – try putting it in the fridge the night before you need it). Avoid letting milk sit out at room temperature to thaw.
  • For quicker thawing, hold container under running water – start cool and gradually increase temperature.

Previously frozen milk may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours after it has finished thawing. Do not refreeze.

To warm milk

  • Heat water in a cup or other small container, then place frozen milk in the water to warm; or
  • Use a bottle warmer.
  • NEVER microwave human milk or heat it directly on the stove.

The cream will rise to the top of the milk during storage. Gently swirl milk (do not shake) to mix before checking temperature and offering to baby.

If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it is probably safe to refrigerate and offer within 1-2 hours before it is discarded.

Want to print the above information? Go to PDF Quick Reference Card

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