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Freezing milk

Posted by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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I was just wondering, is it still ok to put milk in the freezer after it has been in the fridge for 2 or 3 days? What is the longest it can stay in the fridge?

by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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mama02040608
by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Yes. Just watch that you don't go past a week in the fridge.
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Robbiesmommy99
by on Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Oh, thank goodness.  I was worried because it takes me two days to pump .5 an oz so it is good to see I can keep adding to it and then freeze it.

rayray428
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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It's called the 555. You can leave breathing milk out for 5 hours, leave it in the fridge for 5 days and freezer for 5 months. A doctor told me this.
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rayray428
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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Breast milk* not breathing milk lol

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casanderson1
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM
4 hours on the counter, 3 days in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer. Once milk has been thawed you cannot freeze it and has to be used within 24 hrs. Breastmilk is very resistant though, I'm sure if you pumped and put it in the fridge and it has only been in there 2 days you can go ahead and freeze it.
shortyali
by Alicia on Jun. 16, 2012 at 6:07 AM
Storage guidelines
HUMAN MILK STORAGE – QUICK REFERENCE CARD
Temperature Storage Time
Freshly expressed milk
Warm room 73-77°F / 23-25°C 4 hours
Room temperature 66-72°F / 19-22°C 6-10 hours
Insulated cooler / icepacks 59°F / 15°C 24 hours
Refrigerated Milk (Store at back, away from door)
Refrigerator (fresh milk) 32-39°F / 0-4°C 8 days (ideal: 72 hrs)
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: 0°F / -18°C 3-4 months
Separate deep freeze 0°F / -18°C 12 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.


Here's the link: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/
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