storage of pumped breastmilk

Nicki - posted on 11/24/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )

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sometimes when i pump i only get like 2 oz (which is fine) but not nearly enough for a meal. so i pump another time later to make up a full meal. can i combine the two sessions into one bottle for storage and if so when? do i wait for it to cool then combine or can i pump into that container? how long apart can they be pumped and combined. and how long is storage really good for? and anything other information that can help. thank you so much

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Kim - posted on 11/24/2008

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You can add new milk to old; just make sure it is cooled in the fridge first. Or if you keep it in the freezer you can add the refrigerated milk to the frozen milk. But when you date your milk just be sure to use the oldest date. My lactation consultant said the rule of 6 for milk storage. 6 hours at room temp, 6 days in the fridge, and 6 months in the freezer (but store in the back). I've never kept milk that long, I followed more of the rule of 3's.

Diane - posted on 11/24/2008

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On the reply from Nicole. You shouldnt add new milk to cold milk in the same container because you are leaving room for bacteria to grow .I Would just pump different bottles. Warm when needed and then combine milk.For storage 4 hours @ room temp, 3 days in fridge, 1 month in freezer inside of fridge compartment, 6 months in freezer out side of fridge, and 6-12 months in deep freeze.

Nicole - posted on 11/24/2008

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Well, I dont have an "offical" answer for your question but I can tell you what I do. I also pump and sometimes only pump 2 oz which like you said isnt enough for a meal. So I would pump in the morning put the milk in a storage bag or keep it in the bottle and put it in the fridge. Then when I pump the next time I put it in the SAME container. I dont know if you are supposed to do this but I dont see a problem with it. My daughter dosen't seem to mind it, and I havent seen and reaction to mixing milk from one pumping session that has been cold and then adding freshly pumped milk to it. Hopefully another Mom will be able to help us both out.

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