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breast feeding ?????? tana1991 1 child; Stockton, Illinois 1711 posts
28th Mar '12

Okay, so i have to pump for Devin so i can monitor how much he is getting, He only gets breast milk every other feeding (he getting 22 cal formula inbetween) ...but my question is, i pumped and it set out for 2 hours before he ate it, but he did not finish it all, can i put it in the fridge and use it for his next BF feeding??...I am not producing a whole lot yet so i dont want to waste any and i am really new to all this =] TIA

You can call me Kay 19 kids; California 3607 posts
28th Mar '12

Since its been sitting out over 2 hrs, idk =\ you're not even supposed to let formula sit that long

tana1991 1 child; Stockton, Illinois 1711 posts
28th Mar '12
Quoting You can call me Kay[17]:" Since its been sitting out over 2 hrs, idk =\ you're not even supposed to let formula sit that longe


everything i have read said i can let breatsmilk sit out for 4-6 hours, although its usually no more than three, and only at night

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
28th Mar '12
Quoting You can call me Kay[17]:" Since its been sitting out over 2 hrs, idk =\ you're not even supposed to let formula sit that long"


Breast milk can sit out that long (longer actually) and be okay.



I think it would be okay to save as long as you use it at the next feeding and it isn't saved for to long.

user banned Due July 3; 2 kids; Australia 14351 posts
28th Mar '12

Should be fine unless its hot in ur house. There is s rule of five... 5 hrs out, 5 days in fridge and 5 months in freezer

★Date311161.69 Due August 31 (boy); TTC since Sep 2012; 1 child; Pennsylvania 4003 posts
28th Mar '12

Breast milk is good if left out no longer than 4 hours at room temp. But can not be refrigerated again if it was already out at room temp. That's what my lactation consultant told me.

Spidermans Mommy 4 kids; Ohio 4423 posts
28th Mar '12

Fresh breast milk can sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours. However, since the baby already drank from the bottle, it's not a good idea to refrigerate the remaining portion because bacteria has been introduced into the bottle. In the future, I would suggest only putting an ounce of bm at a time in the bottle...if he eats that, give him another ounce. You are right...bm is far too precious to waste!

Sabrina~SquishyButts 20 kids; El Paso, Texas 46345 posts
28th Mar '12

its fine for a few hours as long as saliva hasnt touched it. Our NICU nurse told us that once saliva mixes with it, even a sip, that we'd have to dispose of it after 1 hour.



formula is only good for 1 hour after mixing, but thats different.

tana1991 1 child; Stockton, Illinois 1711 posts
28th Mar '12

okay thanks ladies!!! I never put more than 40 cc in a bottle anyways cause he usually eats anywhere between 30 and 40...so i think i will do what one of you suggested and only do one ox at a time in stead of two!! Thanks again

♥Melly Due March 23 (girl); TTC since Mar 2012; 2 kids; New Orleans, LA, United States 641 posts
28th Mar '12
Quoting tana1991:" Okay, so i have to pump for Devin so i can monitor how much he is getting, He only gets breast milk every ... [snip!] ... his next BF feeding??...I am not producing a whole lot yet so i dont want to waste any and i am really new to all this =] TIA"

I was told that if you pump and baby does not finish the bottle that you have to throw it out. Once it has been at room temp for a couple hours you cannot refrigerate it. In the beginning when I wasn't producing as much I just automatically put it all in the fridge.

You can call me Kay 19 kids; California 3607 posts
28th Mar '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sabrina~SquishyButts:</b>" its fine for a few hours as long as saliva hasnt touched it. Our NICU nurse told us that once saliva ... [snip!] ... even a sip, that we'd have to dispose of it after 1 hour. formula is only good for 1 hour after mixing, but thats different."</blockquote>




Very good to know!

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
28th Mar '12

I had to post and run before. This is from the La Leche League's website.



Storage Guidelines




All milk should be dated before storing. Storing milk in 2-4 ounce amounts may reduce waste. Refrigerated milk has more anti-infective properties than frozen milk. Cool fresh milk in the refrigerator before adding it to previously frozen milk.
Preferably, human milk should be refrigerated or chilled right after it is expressed. Acceptable guidelines for storing human milk are as follows. Store milk:



  • at room temperature (66-78