I know you can't refreeze breastmilk once it's been thawed, but what do you do when you have milk in the regular part of the refrigerator that you've warmed up to feed your child and she only takes a sip and falls asleep?  Can you put it back in the frig and warm it up again later, or leave it out and warm it up again later, or just throw it away, which hurts to do?  I can't seem to find this answer in my Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, or What to Expect The First Year.  Help!!! 

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:29 PM I would put it back in the fridge and then reheat it when she's hungry again.

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM I'm not 100% positive,but i think that once it has been warmed, it should be left out for up to an hour at room temp then thrown out if she doesnt drink it.  I've read that once the bottle has been drank out of not to re-refrigerate it b/c of something with their backwash.  SO, I would leave it out at room temp and if she doesnt drink it within the next hour or so then throw it out.

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM If you put it right back in the fridge right away just make sure you use it for the next feeding.I did this with my daughter.

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM

I've been there a jillion times!!!  quit looking at books, they will tell you to pitch it anyway, but I'll tell you the truth (haha) after nursing and pumping each of my kidlets for a year each:  refirgerate it, then reheat it, but only ONCE!!!  try the website www.breastfeeding.com (or maybe it is www.breastfeeding.org)  there are actual time lines for keeping bmilk (and i can relate as to how rpecious each drop is, trust me!!!)

hope this helps......

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:44 PM i agree with jess- i've breastfed all 3 of mine and re-heated and re-served half used portions- they're all still alive and never been sicker than a cold.

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM you can reheat it, but it isnot recommended  to use it again  if the baby consumed milk from THAT bottle.

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Jan. 30, 2007 at 12:59 PM

Can I 're-use' pumped breastmilk?

NAME: Sherri
BABY'S AGE: 3 weeks

I am pumping now because the baby will not latch on.  My question is if she acts like she's hungry I warm up about 2 ounces, she may drink .5 oz then fall asleep.  Can I save the remaining breast milk or is it considered "no good" and must be dumped.  In addition, if the milk has been warmed up but not used and the baby goes to sleep can it be put back in the refrigerator to be reheated and used later?  Thank you.

Whether you can use the remaining milk really depends on how long it sits around.  Once the baby takes the bottle, there is a certain amount of saliva that gets in the bottle that creates bacteria and gets saliva enzymes in the milk. This is why it isn't good to give milk that has been sitting around. But, if it sits for only a half hour or so, this is fine.

If the milk is warmed up but not used, it is OK to reheat the milk once.  But the more you reheat the more you decrease some of the valuable immunologic properties of the milk.  Human milk is liquid gold, so we don't want to throw any more away than we absolutely have to.  You may try making smaller bottles (say 1 ounce rather than 2 ounces) if your baby consistently seems to drink less. You can always give a second bottle at one feeding if she still seems hungry.

Can I reheat defrosted breastmilk?

NAME: Julie
BABY'S AGE: 8 months

My question deals with using frozen breastmilk.
While at daycare, there are many times when my baby doesn't finish his whole bottle of defrosted breastmilk.  Is it possible to reheat then reoffer the defrosted breastmilk?  If so within what time frame?  Or must the unused portion be discarded?

This baby is 8 months old so I would say that if he doesn't finish a bottle of defrosted milk it could be put in the refrigerator and be reused during that day at daycare.  I wouldn't hold it until the next day, however.  If it is a consistent pattern that he doesn't take the whole bottle, then I suggest that you thaw less at one time or package in smaller amounts.

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