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Nahla - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, i expressed my breastmilk 2 days ago and it's been in the fridge since then and i want to feed it to my baby today, is that ok? i know breastmilk can stay in the fridge up to 7 days, any advices? also, once i get it out of the fridge, what is the best way to heat it up before the feeding? appreciate your input!

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Here's the info from the LLL site:



Human milk can be stored:

•At room temperature (66-72°F, 19-22°C) for up to 10 hours.

•In a refrigerator (32-39°F, 0-4°C) for up to eight days.

•In a freezer compartment inside a refrigerator (variable temperature due to the door opening frequently) for up to two weeks

•In a freezer compartment with a separate door (variable temperature due to the door opening frequently) for up to three to four months

•In a separate deep freezer (0°F, -19°C) for up to six months or longer.

Storage and cleaning guidelines apply to healthy full-term babies and milk that is being stored for home use rather than hospital use. Follow hospital guidelines if your baby is in hospital.



Remember that the fresher your milk, the better it is. Milk that is refrigerated will have more benefits than frozen milk. However, human milk is always the superior infant food.



And here's the link that that, where you can find other FAQ's about expressing:



http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug07p168.ht...

Stacey - posted on 01/21/2010

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I was always told to refrigerate breastmilk no longer than 2 days. It's odd how they seem to keep changing that. Anyhow...



Breastmilk that isn't going to be used right away should be refrigerated right away. Spoiling is caused by bacteria and that bacteria will start growing before the milk hits room temperature.



The best way to heat a bottle is to submerge it in a cup or bowl of hot water. The time it takes for the bottle to heat is a good time to change a diaper and make sure baby doesn't have air in their tummy from crying. The reason for this is that microwaves can possibly break down nutrients while heating and that the bottle can be OVER heated, NOT the "hot spot" theory as ANY form of heating can cause hot spots (so the bottle should always be shaken before you test the temperature).

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LeeAnne - posted on 01/26/2010

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added to my previous post, the info comes from Dr. Jack Newman's book on breastfeeding.

Alka - posted on 01/24/2010

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First of all you to avoid the stored milk.try to give direct feeding is ok.dont worry about
the extra milk .leave it.

LeeAnne - posted on 01/23/2010

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Breastmilk keeps at room temp for 10-12 hours, in the fridge for 5 days, 2-4 months in your regrigerator freezer, and up to 6 months in the deep freezer. Best way to warm it is under hot water, or try the bottle warmer.

Hope that helps!

LeeAnne (certified labour doula CBI)

Jolene - posted on 01/23/2010

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The women from my day care pump at work and put it right into an ice chest she keeps at her desk then, when she picks up the baby puts it in my freezer or fridge for me to use. Depending on how much he drank that day.

Jolene - posted on 01/23/2010

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I run a day care and feed breast fed babies the expressed milk all the time. It can stay in the fridge for a few days. I find the best way to heat the milk is in a baggie under hot water. (they recommend not in the microwave any more, so I do what the mom's request) ( I always heated my own children's up in the microwave and they turned out just fine, : D) The baggie seems to work the fastest, then trying to heat it through the bottle, or in a bottle warmer.

KellieAnn - posted on 01/23/2010

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Hi Nahla, when I was discharged from the hospital with my newborn (now 7wks old), the lactation consultant gave me the 'rule of 5s'. . .breastmilk is okay at room temperature for 5 hours, in the fridge for 5 days, and in the freezer for 5 months. They said to never microwave breastmilk, as it can cause hot spots that could burn the babies tongues/mouths when they go to drink.



They said the best way to warm it up was to take it out about 20 minutes before you know they'll be hungry and let it 'warm up' on the counter to room temperature on its own, or you can run it under warm running water, or else stick the bottle in a pot of warm (not boiling) water for a few minutes to warm it up. Otherwise, I would suggest calling your local hospital and ask for the lactation department and ask them for any additional information. Good luck!

Ralitsa - posted on 01/22/2010

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I see you got some good advise on time!!! Just wanted to add something that I did not see mentioned, but its quite important - never refreeze the milk - once warmed up, or taken out of the freezer - it has to be used or dumped.

Susana - posted on 01/22/2010

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I was told to follow this rule, always think of 5, it is ok for upto 5 hrs at room temp. 5 days in the fridge and 5 months in the freezer.

Charmian - posted on 01/22/2010

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all sounds like good advice....3-5 days in the coldest part of the fridge, fine to put expressed milk straight in the fridge...don't worry if you can't get to a fridge straight away, if at room temp, the breastmilk has antibacterial properties so the bacteria count will actually go down (as long as weather's not too hot and milk container has been thoroughly cleaned). heating up advice has been good, warm to hot tap water, but don't microwave because that kills the goodies in the breastmilk. HTH and your bub has taken the milk happily!

E. Kay - posted on 01/22/2010

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I always found the easiest way to remember the length of time to store expressed milk was the

Rule of Three: Three hours at room temp,
Three days in the fridge, and
Three months in the freezer.

As for warming I had a bottle heater (my husband was home with the baby the first few months) but I've heard running hot water from the faucet over the bottle should be enough.

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2010

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you dont heat it like formula. it's a much slower process. it needs to run under luke-warm water until the breast milk becomes room temp!! it'll take a lil while so give ur self time to heat it up before ur baby get's too mad , from waiting!! good luck. also i ahve found going to breastfeeding web sites to be helpful!!

Johnny - posted on 01/21/2010

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Don't shake breastmilk!!! It's not like formula!!!!


Don't Shake the Milk

Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

Why not?

Because shaking expressed mothers' milk (or boiling or freezing it) denatures the shaped molecules of the protective proteins, leaving only the pieces - the amino acids - the parts. Lactoferrin, lysozyme, and other protective components work their protection magic when they are in their original shaped molecular structure. Some components remain intact, even during freezing, shaking or heating. They not only protect the gut from many kinds of infection, but also prevent inflammation of the gut lining. Even broken up, the separate amino acids are still really good stuff and are digested by the baby as nutrients.

Imagine a set of pop-beads assembled into a necklace or bracelet. When the beads are acting as a bracelet or necklace, they are doing their job as protective elements. When you break apart the beads, you have in your hand many individual chunks of amino acids which are then digested.

Cellular components are also susceptible to damage by physical stress. After all, they are living cells.

With mother's milk, you get at least two functions for the price of one. With manufactured formula, you only get the individual beads, never the necklace or bracelet. And never the living cells.

So, please handle human milk gently, respectfully and kindly. It's far more than perfect food for babies - it's a living tissue and protective shield too.
© 1998 Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

Mary - posted on 01/21/2010

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Most books on breast feeding say 72 hrs in fridge & to warm w/ hot water running from faucet.

Lyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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some say not to microwave it as it depletes the nutrients, but i always boil the bottle (with the breast milk still in it) in a pan of water on the stove, and shake it every few minutes to circulate the warmth. good luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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boil some water and stick the bottle in the hot water.when i heated up my sons bottle when he was sick i would mix his formula then boil some water and hold the bottle by the nipple in the hot water and shake it up every now and then

Theresa - posted on 01/21/2010

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Go to www.medela.com look under breastfeeding, under th "for nursing mothers" go to the tips and solutions, under "how tp feed" go to collection and storage of breast milk. You will find all the storage guidelines there. As far as heating, run it under warm wateer, or put the container in a glass of warm water. Never heat it in the mocrowave since that can cause hot spots and burn the baby's mouth.

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It is safe. Always put your breastmilk in a hot cup of water or under a running warm faucet to warm up. Don't boil, as it breaks down some of the important nutrients inside it (at least that's what my doc told me, and I pumped for several months).

Liana - posted on 01/21/2010

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I don't know what country you live in but in the UK everyone is told the same thing and that is breast milk should be thrown out after 24hrs in the fridge it's 1month in the freezer and 3months in the deep freeze (I just looked it up to make sure I wasn't being daft). With warming puting the bottle in hot water is the best way to warm it. Hope that helps.

Paula - posted on 01/21/2010

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yes it is safe! just warm it up in a cup of hot water..just dont microwave it because it dont warm up equally =) hope i helped

Nahla - posted on 01/21/2010

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great! Can i put the milk in the fridge directly after expressing it? or should i wait for a while since it comes out a little warm??

Clare - posted on 01/21/2010

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yes it will be fine, to warm it the best way ios to put it in a jug of hot water, then check it for your baby to drink, good luck.

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the breast milk is good as long as it is not offer 7 days and the best way to heat it is to let it sit in hot water til the milk is warm with microwave it could cause hot spots tht cld cause burns

Samantha - posted on 01/21/2010

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yes its still safe to use and i was always told the best way to heat it is to put the bottle in hot or boiling water until its the right temp for your baby....

Jaimelee - posted on 01/21/2010

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Though I dont breastfeed, putting the bottle in a mug of hot water, that shouldnt burn it :)

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