I've ran into a couple of situations where I don't know how to safely store my milk. Here they are:
1) I pumped a full serving of milk and left in the fridge for my hubby to use while I was out for a couple of hours. When I had returned, my baby was still sleeping and hadn't awakened to eat. However, in wanting to be ready for when she would wake up, my hubby took the milk from the fridge and warmed it in a cup of hot water, and left it on the counter, untouched. It hadn't been on the counter for long by the time I got home. I decided there was no sense in using it since I was home and could just nurse her. I wanted to go ahead and add it to the freezer supply. Could I have done so even after my hubby had warmed it? I wasn't sure, so I simply just put it in the fridge and used it later that evening when we went out to dinner. Didn't want it to go to waste, but didn't want to freeze it not knowing if it would be safe.
2) How do I safely transport previously frozen and thawed EBM? When we go out, we will pull a bag or two of frozen EBM, run them under water until they get to room temp (not warm), then pour them into bottles. (We don't always know ahead of time to thaw a bag of frozen EBM in the fridge for thawing, so we thaw under running water.) We'll put the room temp bottles in the insulated pocket of our diaper bag. Should we actually be thawing the milk just enough to where it's still cold, and put a cold pack in with the cold bottles? Or are we okay to thaw them to room temp like we've been doing and travel for a few hours without a cold pack? I read that fresh EBM is okay at room temp for several hours, but I'm not so sure about previously frozen and thawed EBM. There are situations (like in a packed church service) where we usually pull a bottle out for our baby without going to find hot water to heat it up. Does this make sense? I don't think it's hurting her to do this, but I need to make sure and I need to know how many hours I can travel with thawed, room temp milk.