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Old 11-20-2005, 06:05 PM   #1
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Storing Breastmilk

I read a few different books on breastfeeding and they all have different amounts of time that you can store breastmilk in the fridge. I looked on the web and all the websites also had different times, varying anywhere between 2 days to 8 days! Anyone know how long you can really store breastmilk in the fridge?

Old 11-20-2005, 06:21 PM   #2
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Re: Storing Breastmilk


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Old 11-20-2005, 06:22 PM   #3
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Re: Storing Breastmilk

I found the same thing.....I decided to go w/ 7 days b/c that was the most consistent answer.......and the days given in the Medela breastpump info and from the LaLeche League or whatever it's called. I've given my daughter breastmilk that was 7 days old and she didn't get sick....I threw away some that got stuck at the back of the fridge that was 10 days old. It killed me to do that!

Old 11-21-2005, 08:32 AM   #4
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Re: Storing Breastmilk

In a breast feeding class I took they told me to follow the 3-3-3 rule. 3 hours room temp, 3 days fridge, 3 months freezer. However, I would say that the LeLeche League would be a trusted source.

I have stuck with the 3 hours room temp but has anyone kept it longer than that? I always carry too much when I go out just in case and since even a simple shopping trip often last more than 3 hours, I always end up throwing so much away! Also, I think it is ok to put it back in the fridge even if it has been warmed once or out for a couple hours??

Old 11-22-2005, 04:22 PM   #5
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Re: Storing Breastmilk

This is from laleche league website......

Storage Guidelines
Storing milk in 2-4 ounce amounts may reduce waste. Refrigerated milk has more anti-infective properties than frozen milk. Cool milk in refrigerator before adding to frozen milk.

Human milk can be stored

at room temperature (66-72F, 19-22C) for up to 10 hours
in a refrigerator (32-39F, 0-4C) for up to 8 days
in a freezer compartment inside a refrigerator (variable temperature due to the door opening frequently) for up to 2 weeks
in a freezer compartment with a separate door (variable temperature due to the door opening frequently) for up to 3 to 4 months.
in a separate deep freeze (0F, -19C) for up to 6 months or longer.

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