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Pumping & Storing/Freezing BM E☮M♥M♫A 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Tennessee 2643 posts
25th Jul '13

I have 5oz of pumped milk in the fridge from 2 days ago, it's okay to freeze that right? I'm going to transfer it to a bm storage bag first. Also, I just pumped another 5oz, do I just transfer it to the bag and freeze it? Or do I need to put it in the fridge to cool it first?



I'm new to pumping, been EBF my DD, she will be 5 weeks on Sunday. I bought a Tommee Tippee bottle because that's what most EBF mommas recommended. We tried the bottle this weekend but she didn't like it too well...she doesn't really like anything but my b**b atm...lol. Anyway, I'm pretty much just pumping and storing extra milk for the occasions where DH and I go out alone and MIL watches the kids.



Any and all advice is appreciated :) Also, tips/tricks are welcome as well :D

DeidreLC 1 child; Spotsylvania, Virginia 1047 posts
25th Jul '13

I've never kept breast milk in the fridge for longer than one day. I always would pump, and put in the freezer. You shouldn't put it in the fridge first if you want to freeze it, just put in directly in the freezer.

E☮M♥M♫A 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Tennessee 2643 posts
25th Jul '13
Quoting DeidreLC:" I've never kept breast milk in the fridge for longer than one day. I always would pump, and put in the ... [snip!] ... and put in the freezer. You shouldn't put it in the fridge first if you want to freeze it, just put in directly in the freezer."


Thanks! I put it in the fridge thinking DH wanted to try feeding her again. Is it okay to freeze now though? I'd hate to waste it if I don't have to.

DeidreLC 1 child; Spotsylvania, Virginia 1047 posts
25th Jul '13

As long as it still looks/smells alright, I don't see a problem with it.

F♥K♥R 3 kids; Missouri 686 posts
status 25th Jul '13

Depending on how cold your fridge is 3-8 days, it's on my medela fridge magnet. That's too much leeway so I always go 3 days. Freezer 6 months and deep freeze 12 months. I freeze in 6 oz increments so if I pump 6 or more I don't cool and put right into a bag and freeze.

F♥K♥R 3 kids; Missouri 686 posts
status 25th Jul '13

Not a trick really but a good tip if you didn't know already, squeeze the air out of the bags when you close them and make sure to freeze flat. Saves so much time defrosting and I stack them top to bottom so I can store more. 858 oz as of this morning for me :)

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
25th Jul '13

My hospital told me five is the golden number.. if the breastmilk is room temperature, it's good for five hours, in the fridge it's good for five days and in the freezer it's good for five months.

E☮M♥M♫A 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Tennessee 2643 posts
25th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting F♥K♥R:</b>" Not a trick really but a good tip if you didn't know already, squeeze the air out of the bags when you ... [snip!] ... flat. Saves so much time defrosting and I stack them top to bottom so I can store more. 858 oz as of this morning for me :)"</blockquote>



Nice! I have 10oz from two diff pumping sessions. I did know about that trick :) def a space saver too! I've only been pumping from one breast at a time so far. I've pumped a couple times, over the weekend and DH tried to feed DD, but she wasn't having it..lol. so I figured I would just start freezing it for future use. Sucks though because I will eventually run out of room...we're in an apartment and our freezer isn't very big.

E☮M♥M♫A 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Tennessee 2643 posts
25th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" My hospital told me five is the golden number.. if the breastmilk is room temperature, it's good for five hours, in the fridge it's good for five days and in the freezer it's good for five months."</blockquote>




I've seen 5 and 6..I'm thinking 5 is probably safer though.



Another thing..the momma above mentioned smell..I smelled my freshly pumped milk and it had virtually no smell. Same with the milk I had in the fridge for 2 days. It would develop a smell after too long right? What would it smell like if it was bad?

F♥K♥R 3 kids; Missouri 686 posts
status 25th Jul '13
Quoting E☮M♥M♫A:" <blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" My hospital told me five is the golden number.. ... [snip!] ... the milk I had in the fridge for 2 days. It would develop a smell after too long right? What would it smell like if it was bad?"


Dh forgot to clean a bottle he used while I was at work. I found it my next day off 3 days later. It smelled like normal rotten milk. Looked chunky too. Not like fat separated to the top but rotten milk chunky.

E☮M♥M♫A 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Cleveland, Tennessee 2643 posts
25th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting F♥K♥R:</b>" Dh forgot to clean a bottle he used while I was at work. I found it my next day off 3 days later. It ... [snip!] ... 3 days later. It smelled like normal rotten milk. Looked chunky too. Not like fat separated to the top but rotten milk chunky."</blockquote>




Mkay. That was left out at room temp tho right? I would assume it would do the same in the fridge, just a longer amount of time? Mostly asking just in case I ever stick some in the fridge and forget when I put it in there lol. Doubt it will happen, but eh? Lol.



What about like, if she doesn't finish the whole amount given in the bottle, how long until it needs thrown out? Can you put it in the fridge and reheat if it's been partially eaten?

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
25th Jul '13
Quoting E☮M♥M♫A:" <blockquote><b>Quoting F♥K♥R:</b>" Dh forgot to clean a bottle he used ... [snip!] ... given in the bottle, how long until it needs thrown out? Can you put it in the fridge and reheat if it's been partially eaten?"


I think as long as it hasn't been sitting out for five hours, you can put it back in the fridge a reheat it. I think..



I haven't had to do it because my kid's a fatty and eats every bottle you put in her mouth. :lol: