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Old 06-16-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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can you re-freeze EBM?

I have pumped a small stash for the occasional bottle for DS. He was at a friends today and she didn't use all that was in the bag. I gave it to her frozen and it thawed until he needed it but there's still a couple of ounces left. I put it in my fridge but I wonder if I can refreeze it? It will be pretty rare that he gets a bottle.

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Old 06-16-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

I dont think so, just like you cant refreeze already defrosted meat
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

The manual that comes with my breast pump says to not re-freeze.
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

Thanks! DH might keep him for me Saturday so I can use it then. After that, who knows when he'll get a bottle again.
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

You can't refreeze breast milk and thawed milk should be used within 24 hours. You could possibly go longer, but spoiled breast milk will smell spoiled. HTH.
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

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You can't refreeze breast milk and thawed milk should be used within 24 hours. You could possibly go longer, but spoiled breast milk will smell spoiled. HTH.

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Once thawed, I use it within a day or it gets dumped.
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Once thawed, I use it within a day or it gets dumped.
Yep, this. can't refreeze, must use within 24 hours.
it's why it's often better to freeze in smallish quantities when possible
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Re: can you re-freeze EBM?

Agree with the others. You have to use thawed milk within 24 hours and you cannot refreeze it. Never defrost more than you need - you can always defrost more later if you have to.
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You could give it to him and then pump a few ounces. You could then freeze the milk you just pumped.
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