reusing breast milk

Isabel - posted on 12/05/2014 ( 11 moms have responded )

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After I heat up breast milk how long can it be out for?

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Carolina - posted on 12/08/2014

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Maybe. Every woman is different.
They have teas and stuff that is said to be good for milk production.
I would talk to your doctor or if there is a breast feeding specialist in your area.
Also, I think it runs in the family. My friend's mom couldn't breast feed for more than a couple of months, when she had her daughter, same thing.

Isabel - posted on 12/08/2014

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Is my milk drying out if I pump and only a bit comes out, I used to pump 3 or 4 times a day and today its been once does it mean its drying out?

Carolina - posted on 12/08/2014

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They have bags to freeze your milk in. I found them to be the best way to do it.
You can give this a try-
Pump into a bottle
Have a milk bag ready and labeled (date, how many ounces)
Pour into the bag and seal
Freeze it laying down so its even, not a giant chunk of milk at the bottom

The defrosting process with happen much faster.

Hope this helps!

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Carolina - posted on 12/06/2014

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Do you freeze your milk in bags or bottles?
Bags are much easier to warm up on the go. Just get a hot cup of water.
Or bring a thermos of hot water with you.
Bottles take a bit more time to warm up like that because of the bottle.
Remember that breast milk is like gold so you don't want to defrost a bunch of mill and then let it go to waste. (I've cried when I've thrown out milk 😊)
Say you are going out for 6 hours. Kiddo needs to eat every 3. Bring one bag of milk that is partially defrosted (cold but now frozen solid) and one bag that is still frozen. During your outing both milks will continue to defrost. The one that is partially defrosted should warm up in a few minutes of a hot water bath (sometimes you may have to do two hot water baths) while the still frozen bag is defrosting enough that when its time to use it, it will be partially frozen.
Good luck.

Isabel - posted on 12/06/2014

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I am going to try that I still haven't tasted it..so you know how I can take warm breast milk on the go like when we go somewhere and I need to feed her she don't like cold breast milk

Carolina - posted on 12/05/2014

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Breast milk separates so it will look weird (no matter what) but you should taste it so you know what its supposed to taste like. (its not gross at all, a little sweet)
I wouldn't give my daughter anything that has not been refrigerated in over 3-4 hours.
Bacteria grows faster the longer stuff is out of the fridge.
So I would say be on the safe side and after you warm up your milk (I used to just put the bag of milk in a cup of hot water until it was luke warm) give it a 2-3 hour limit.

Isabel - posted on 12/05/2014

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How will I know if its bad?I've never breast fed before and this is my 2nd baby

Carolina - posted on 12/05/2014

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Typically things out of the fridge are good for 2-4 hour (depending on how cold they were to begin with, if its hot environment, etc)
I would have a bag of frozen milk with me while out and about and if she didn't drink it within 4 hours, I'd have to chuck it.
Good luck!

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