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How long can breastmilk stay in the fridge before going bad?

Posted by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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Kaleigh92805
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
3 days
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Mom_to_Skyler
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
EIGHT days.
Mom_to_Skyler
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
The only sources that say less than eight days are normally sponsored by formula companies.

BTW - some Moms may produce more lipase which affects the taste of milk during the days the milk is stored in the fridge.
SuperMom2433
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Now when the milk goes bad is it not drinkable for baby or does it just lose all its goodness?


Quoting Mom_to_Skyler:

EIGHT days.

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Della03
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/breastfeeding/while-working/storing-transporting-breast-milk

8 days.
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Travelbugg
by on May. 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM
So what about the use defrosted frozen milk within 24 hours? Is that accurate too? (bc I thought fresh milk was 5 days) AND for defrosted milk, when do you start counting? When you begin defrosting? Or once it's completely defrosted? (I usually stick the frozen stuff in the fridge and let it defrost overnight.)
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on May. 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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Here is your bible:


Storage guidelines

HUMAN MILK STORAGE – QUICK REFERENCE CARD
TemperatureStorage Time
Freshly expressed milk
Warm room73-77°F / 23-25°C4 hours
Room temperature66-72°F / 19-22°C6-10 hours
Insulated cooler / icepacks59°F / 15°C24 hours
Refrigerated Milk (Store at back, away from door)
Refrigerator (fresh milk)32-39°F / 0-4°C8 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

Varies: 0°F / -18°C3-4 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. 

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 may be refrigerated and offered at the next feeding before it is discarded.

Travelbugg
by on May. 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Gracias! So I get 24 hours once it's DONE defrosting. Good to know.
Mom_to_Skyler
by on May. 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM


Quoting Travelbugg:

Gracias! So I get 24 hours once it's DONE defrosting. Good to know.

One good thing to know is that if there is ANY ice left (even one tiny crystal) you can re-freeze.

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