Frozen breastmilk- how long does it stay fresh??

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi,
I froze my pumped breastmilk in july-august but was out of country in september-october and hence couldn't use it. Please guide can i use this frozen breastmilk. i searched it online- most websites say i can use it within 3-6 months. i want a specific answer- 3-6 months doesnot jusitfy or answer my question :). the freezer is at 4 fahreinheit.
looking for immediate reply! thanks and have a wonderful weekend

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ANNELE - posted on 11/07/2010

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Hi, i have a guide here that I got from BC Womens Hospital where i gave birth to my boy last month it says here room temperature is 6 hrs
refrigerator 0- -4 c 72 hts
Freezer compartment in fridge 6 hrs, 72 hrs, 1 month
Freezer with separate door as part of fridge 6hrs 72 hrs 1 month 2 months n 6 months
Deep freeze (-20 C) till 6-12 months but u cant refreeze milk or microwave to thaw or wram milk ....

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The hospital I delivered at gave me a magnet for the fridge that says frozen milk, stored properly (they recommended the lansinoh bags), is good up to 6 months. I'm using my supply from July/August now too and it is fine.

Laura - posted on 11/05/2010

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just double checked the lansinoh, bags, they say in a freezer below 19 degrees, it can stay fresh for longer than 6 months if properly stored. just fyi.

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Emily - posted on 11/06/2010

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This also does depend on the mom. Some moms have higher-lactose milk, which spoils sooner. For those moms, Medela's pamphlet in my pump bag recommends scalding the milk before freezing it.

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At WIC our handouts say just like Laura did, 3 months freezer connected to a fridge, 6 months in a deep-freezer.

Megan - posted on 11/06/2010

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I used mine up to 6 months and it was fine. A few bags smelled funny so I tossed them. I think it was because I left them in the fridge too long before freezing. My DD would not drink them if they were bad. She would refuse the cup.

Rachel - posted on 11/06/2010

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hi
im a trained peer supporter you can keep your milk frozen for up to 8 months

Liz - posted on 11/06/2010

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6 months is the frozen shelf life of breast milk. Use within 24 hrs of thawing. You have a wonderful weekend too :) xx

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2010

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Thanks a ton Laura!! I am using Lansinoh bags. i am feeling so better, i was feeling bad that i will have to dispose off so many frozen milk bags but now i am smiling :). thanks again.

Laura - posted on 11/05/2010

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stored in the proper bags, in a deep freezer the milk will last 6 months, in a freezer attached to the fridge, 3 months. rest assured that if the milk has spoiled, your baby wont drink it. i am currently using my pumped supply from july as well.

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