I pumped this morning but forgot to put the milk in the fridge. I didn't realize until just now when I went to freeze it and it was not in there. It's been about 12 hours. Do you think it's still okay?
11-13-2009, 05:33 PM
I've read things that say 8 hours, I usually won't go longer than that but I'm pretty sure it's happened to stay out longer than that once or twice and my baby ate it without any problems. I wouldn't make it a habit but smell it, maybe taste it, and see if it tastes sour.
11-13-2009, 05:52 PM
I read that it's good for up to 8 hrs!
11-13-2009, 07:26 PM
I found this:
11-13-2009, 07:44 PM
Hmmm...that says 10 hrs. It was in the fridge at work for 2 hrs so really only out for 10. I hate to waste it but guess it's better than giving him bad milk.
I didn't know you weren't supposed to shake it...there was an article on that link saying that shaking can damage the structure.
11-16-2009, 07:35 AM
Yep, 10 hours at room temp. I've left it out longer and been OK, as long as the house is fairly cool.
11-16-2009, 08:29 AM
I've always heard 10 hours, but I think that's just a general rule - different people are different. Just taste it to check.
And yah, don't shake it, swirl instead. :)
11-18-2009, 10:46 AM
I used to routiely leave it 10-12 hrs (pumped at night and left it out for the morning feed).. just smell it. If it doesnt smell sour its fine.
12-10-2009, 03:08 PM
The lactation lady in the NICU told me the rule of 7's.
--7 hours at room temp
--7 days in the fridge
--7 months in freezer (1 year in deep freeze)
However, she said that even after 7 hours and 7 days "they" (I guess scientists) couldn't get bacteria to grow in BM.
01-18-2010, 11:11 AM
I ALWAYS smell it. If I'm still not sure, I taste it.
01-18-2010, 01:07 PM
I leave mine out for 10 hours, sometimes longer w/out any issues(I've been EP'g for a year). If you are unsure just do the smell/taste test.
01-18-2010, 01:48 PM
I've always heard 6 hours...but I know everyone hears something different. You will be able to tell if it's bad by the smell...promise!! ;)
01-18-2010, 05:03 PM
wow, I thought it was only 4 hours! Glad I found this thread!
01-22-2010, 01:55 PM
No, do not use it! The storage standards per Medela are 4 hours, max! Better to toss it than have your baby come down with Samonella or Botulism!
01-22-2010, 04:24 PM
I didn't know about shaking, I shake it all the time. What about the fat that gathers at the top?
With that said I have to shake it anyways because we put cereal in her bottles.