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    Default Accidently left milk out

    I pump at work and Friday when I got home I was distracted and forgot to put my milk away in the refrigerator. My milk was in a zippered insulated case with a freezer pack. I realized at about 5am this morning that I had forgotten and when I checked it was cool to the touch (never reached room temp) but not "chilled" as it should be. Is it OK to use this milk or do I have to dump it? Unfortunately, since returning to work I have found decreased production so I have no stored milk to fall back on. Obviously I dont want to give my baby milk that isnt "OK" but I dont want to dump my hard earned supply if I dont have to. Please help!

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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    Smell it, if it smells fine I would, and have used it.
    Last edited by @llli*jenna562; October 9th, 2011 at 09:11 AM.
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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jenna562 View Post
    Smell it, if it smells fine I would, and have used it.
    I've even used room temp milk as long as it smelled fine! You should be ok
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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    I agree, it's probably fine. Were the ice packs still cold? My little 'chart' says you can leave milk in a cooler with ice for up to 24 hours.

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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    I agree with the PP's. If it smells fine and taste fine then I would use it.
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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*efifer View Post
    I agree, it's probably fine. Were the ice packs still cold? My little 'chart' says you can leave milk in a cooler with ice for up to 24 hours.
    The pack was cool but had melted and was no longer frozen. The interior of the insulated case was cool- not cold- but cool so I feel comfortable saying that it never reached room temp. For clarification it was left out for about 36 hours.

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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Leslie View Post
    I've even used room temp milk as long as it smelled fine! You should be ok
    I gave it a sniff and it smells fine (basically like nothing). Im assuming that spoiled HM smells something like spoiled CM?

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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    I would taste each bottle to be sure.
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    Default Re: Accidently left milk out

    Yes spoiled breast milk smells rancid, you can definitely tell.. If it smells like nothing, you are fine.
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