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Old 04-28-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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How long does breast milk last?

I pumped Saturday night & froze it Sunday night but it thawed out on the way home. (We drove from NY to VA.) It wasn't even cold when we got home. I put it in the fridge but is that too much for it to still be good? TIA!

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: How long does breast milk last?

I don't know the exact answer, but personally, if it was out that long, I wouldn't put it back in the fridge to use again.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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Re: How long does breast milk last?

its fine at room temp (70 degrees) for 10 hours...
8 days in the fridge (35-40 degrees)

but if your not sure throw it out

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:31 AM   #4
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Re: How long does breast milk last?

This info I am getting right off my Medela fQuick reference fridge magnet....
Once you freeze it and then thaw it you are supposto use it within 24 hours!! It will last several days if it is freshly expressed (5-7). I have not heard 10 days though. I think you will get a lot of variations I am sure
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:03 AM   #5
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Re: How long does breast milk last?

yeah. i've always heard its only good for 24hrs after it has thawed.
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Re: How long does breast milk last?

here are the storing guidelines I got from a local LC:

freshly expressed: room temp. 4-10 hours; fridge 5-7 days; home freezer up to 6 months; deep freezer (-20 degrees c) 12 months

thawed breastmilk: room temp Do Not Store; fridge 24 hours; home freezer Never refreeze thawed milk; deep freezer Never refreeze thawed milk

So I would say that once you take it out of the freezer at room temp: you need to use it right away. If you thaw it in a fridge (never room temp) then you need to take it out and use it within 24 hours

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