Freezing unused milk

Ashley - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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As far as freezing breast milk, do I have to freeze it right after it is pumped or can I store it in the fridge for a day or two and then freeze it?

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Allison - posted on 03/28/2009

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According to Kellymom (http://www.kellymom.com/ - look under breastfeeding, then Pumping Moms, then Milk Handling and Storage), you can store breastmilk in the fridge up to 8 days. Milk can be frozen up to 3-6 months in a normal freezer or longer in a deep freeze.

I would think that if the milk is still good in the fridge, it should be ok to freeze at any time during the 8 day period.

Just an FYI - never shake up the milk - just swish enough to get the solid parts that have separated to the top back into the milk. Also, never head breastmilk (or formula, for that matter) in a microwave. Instead, warm to room temp on the counter or run under warm tap water.

Cindy - posted on 03/28/2009

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According to Medela and the LC I work with you can refrigerate milk for 8 days before you need to freeze it. Then it's good in the freezer for 3-6 months depending on the type of freezer. Once you thaw it it's only good for 24 hours before you need to throw it.

Shelley - posted on 03/28/2009

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Hi there, you can refrigerate expressed milk up to 24 hours thereafter you either need to use it or freeze it ... you can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. good luck!

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