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    Default Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Are there any hard and fast rules about breast milk storage? Here is what I've been told:

    Expressed breast milk is good for 6-10 hours at room temp

    You can mix different batches of milk

    Refridgerated milk ok for 5-6 days

    Frozen milk good for 3 months

    Also, what is best way to freeze milk??

    THanks!

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Kellymom: Breastmilk Storage and Handling

    I think all the rules you listed are accurate, with a couple comments: (1) I never mix batches of milk if they were pumped more than one day apart, just for quality control purposes; and (2) frozen milk lasts longer than 3 months in a separate deep freeze. The 3 month guideline is for a refrigerator-freezer.

    Molly

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    hey I never heard that don't shake the bm thing b4... glad I read that...
    Married mama with 4 kiddos...2 girls (11 & 6) and 2 boys (21mo & 3mo)

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Ok I always shake the milk to get it to mix back together Does anyone know why this is bad? I hope I haven't been ruining the milk for DS.

    Amy married to my bestfriend since 10/30/04

    Proud SAHM to DS born 2/17/07 and DD born 9/11/08 Both weaned together 11/2011
    Currently milk, peach, peanut and tree nut free. DD has outgrown her wheat, cheese, egg, garlic, and citrus allergies

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    in addition to the Kellymom resources linked above, I also like the milk handling & storage info on askdrsears.com.
    Lynn
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    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by amymarie View Post
    Ok I always shake the milk to get it to mix back together Does anyone know why this is bad? I hope I haven't been ruining the milk for DS.
    Since milk is a living substance, it needs to be handled gently. Shaking the milk doesn't ruin it, just diminishes some of the good qualities.

    http://www.bflrc.com/ljs/breastfeeding/shakenot.htm
    Lynn
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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Well don't I feel like a horse patoot! Good thing is he rarely gets ebm so I guess thats one thing in my favor.

    Amy married to my bestfriend since 10/30/04

    Proud SAHM to DS born 2/17/07 and DD born 9/11/08 Both weaned together 11/2011
    Currently milk, peach, peanut and tree nut free. DD has outgrown her wheat, cheese, egg, garlic, and citrus allergies

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    It is normal for the milk to separate. If the fat was still sticking to the sides after I warmed the milk, I would run very warm water over it and swish until most of it came off and mixed in.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: Milk Storage 101--any good articles/tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by amymarie View Post
    Well don't I feel like a horse patoot! Good thing is he rarely gets ebm so I guess thats one thing in my favor.
    I personally wouldn't worry about it! Even "slightly bruised" EBM is VERY good for your LO. I find that I can get the fat layer to melt back in and off the sides of the storage bottle by either holding the bottle in my hands for a little while or holding the bottle under warm running water.
    Lynn
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    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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