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    Default Milk storage query

    My preemie has been in the NICU for 60 days and is coming home soon. I have been pumping every three hours and she has been drinking a portion of it since the beginning. She is consuming approximately 500 ml per day now but I am pumping approximately 1500 ml per day. My freezer is very full. I know that fresh milk has the antibodies that frozen milk does not have so I am giving her all fresh milk at this point. My husband will be staying home with her for the latter half of our combined one year parental leave so we are hoping that he can give her the frozen milk at that time. Has anyone else done this? Most info says that milk is "good" for up to six months in a deep freeze so we are not positive if we are doing the right thing. Thanks!!

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    sounds great..is she nursing any at the breast yet?
    is that a goal of yours?

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    I cheated and copied Home Executive's entire post about this topic:

    Evidence-based milk storage guidelines:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

    Recent research has proven that breastmilk is even more flexible than was previously known.

    "according to new findings in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine (2), checking breastmilk is actually a fine option. The researchers took frozen breastmilk and thawed it, refroze it, refrigerated it and left it out at room temperature. Essentially, they beat it up. What did they find? Breastmilk is fairly robust and does not grow bacteria easily nor lose vitamins A and C or free fatty acids (FFA) to any degree that would harm a full term baby."
    http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...reastmilk.html

    In addition I believe that frozen milk does have antibodies present.

    Here's the journal article related to the quote above:
    D.J. Rechtman, M.L. Lee, H. Berg: "Effect of Environmental Conditions on Unpasteurized Donor Human Milk," Breastfeeding Medicine, 1, 1 (2006):24-26.

    If your milk doesn't smell sour (like rotten milk), and it doesn't taste puke-worthy () it's good.

    To answer your question, freezer burnt food isn't rotten, but the food has changed in texture and flavor.
    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/qa-sto3.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freezer_burn

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_ohio View Post
    sounds great..is she nursing any at the breast yet?
    is that a goal of yours?
    Yes she is nursing. I feed her 2-3 times a day, depending on how long I am at the hospital. She will have to alternate breastfeeding and bottlefeeding when she comes home as she needs to have Neosure added to the breastmilk for the first month or so.

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    Thats a huge accomplishment for the two of you! Way to go mama!

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