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    Default re-freezing milk

    someone on my fb mom's group just posted that the "regulations" have recently changed and you can re-freeze thawed milk. anyone know anything about this?
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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    I didn't think you were supposed to refreeze anything. I haven't seen anything specifically about this, but I'm a little skeptical.
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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    yeah, that's what i was thinking.
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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    It's not a good idea. The freezing process kills the antibacterial properties in the milk making the milk much more quickly perishable. So when you refreeze it you have now lost half of what is good in it and you have milk that will be pretty volatile.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    Plus thawing and refreezing is known to foster growth of certain bacterial species/strains. Changed recommendations or not I would be reluctant to refreeze milk.
    K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).

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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    Thawing and re-freezing anything that isn't cooked is a bad idea because of the bacteria (and really re-freezing fully cooked items isn't the greatest idea, either). I wouldn't do it, why would you want to? If you're freezing it in small quantities so baby can finish it within 24 hrs it shouldn't be an issue.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    i wouldn't do it either, and wouldn't want to, for all the reasons y'all have mentioned. but a mom on fb had accidentally thawed more than she needed and was asking about how long she could keep it for, and someone chimed in that she could re-freeze ...
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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    Horrible idea. I actually toss milk if it has been thawed and not used in a reasonable time frame.
    Susan
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    Default Re: re-freezing milk

    Yech, Some people are put off by this but, taste, it. If it doesn't taste good (which likely will not if unfrozen more than 36 hrs), needs to be tossed. Always rule of thumb for everything, not just ebm. It's pretty awesome stuff, but not magical.

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