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    How long can you refridgerate milk before you decide to freeze it? I pump at work and put the milk immediately in a fridge at work. Then, I bring it home. I usually then put it into our fridge here at home but sometimes then my son doesn't drink it all. He might drink three bottles but maybe not the fourth. Can I then freeze the fourth the following day? What if I pump the milk on Friday, store it Saturday and sunday in the fridge and decide to freeze it on Monday. Is that ok?

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    If you don't have a severe lipase problem (where an enzyme in your milk streets breaking down the fats, which makes the milk taste bad) you can keep milk that has been collected in a very clean fashion for up to 8 days. Many working moms keep what they pumped at work on Friday to feed Monday.

    And it is OK to do what you were saying, such as if you pumped more than you need on Monday but didn't realize it until Monday. Label it with Friday's date though.

    Check for lipase first though, as it's so saddening to pump and freeze milk, only to realize baby won't take it. It's safe, but some babies don't like the flavor. Do that by pumping and letting it stand in the fridge for some days, taste testing it. If it gets to where it's tasting of vomit, soap, metallic, or really really quite awful (breastmilk is normally a strong flavor anyway to me), you might have a problem, and then what you are talking about becomes more complicated.
    Susan
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    Thanks for your reply. I don't think I have a lipase issue as I've already been pumping on a Friday and giving it to him on a Monday and so far he's happy to drink it. I haven't tasted it myself...gives me the eews for some reason. But, I just wanted to clarify. Are you saying that it's ok to wait several days with the milk in the fridge before freezing? That was my issue. I've looked for the answer all around and can't find anything that really says. Maybe everyone else just assumes that as long as the milk isn't past the five day limit in the fridge that it should be still good and that it can be frozen at that point...i dunno. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jillagig View Post
    Are you saying that it's ok to wait several days with the milk in the fridge before freezing? That was my issue. I've looked for the answer all around and can't find anything that really says. Maybe everyone else just assumes that as long as the milk isn't past the five day limit in the fridge that it should be still good and that it can be frozen at that point...i dunno. Thanks!
    Yes, that's fine. You can keep it in the fridge for about 7-8 days before freezing. I used to try to get it in the freezer within a few days of pumping.

    Yes, you can pump it on Friday and then keep it in the fridge for the weekend before freezing it on Monday or even Tuesday. You could even push it beyond that, but meh. I wouldn't. Here's a helpful link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

    I understand the ewh factor, but tasting your milk is actually really beneficial. It's helpful to know if it's good or bad. Generally you can smell it and know. But I would encourage a tiny taste of fresh so you know what you are are dealing with. I am not saying to chug it, but taste half a teaspoon. Actually, the funny thing is that breastmilk is oddly delicious and has quite a fatty element to it. It reminds me of melted ice cream or horchata. It actually does have a slight cinnamon undertone. Who knew?! Now wonder the babes like it. This is a pretty funny article: http://www.examiner.com/wellness-in-...-i-ll-tell-you

    I pumped for a long time when I worked FT so I tasted it on several occasions to know what I was dealing with. FTR, I also tasted a sample of formula I had been mailed. Formula omg.

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    Default Re: freezing milk question

    Yes, you can pump milk, keep it for a few days, and if you aren't going to use it, freeze it. It is fine. If collected in a clean fashion, it can last a week to 8 days in the fridge if you don't have a lipase problem.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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