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Thread: Storage after heating?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Storage after heating?

    I have looked everywhere for this answer and can't find it, I've only found what to do with refreezing thawed milk.

    Say you pump and then refrigerate breast milk (for no more than a day) and warm it up when it's needed. Can you re-refrigerate it and warm it up again later? If so, how many times? If not, how long does the warmed up milk last at room temperature?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    technically I don't think you are supposed to reheat BM...though I think some people do heat the refridgerated milk,use some then refridgerate, reheat and then dump leftovers (so once)... I'm not exactly sure how long you can keep the milk outt once you use it, but I would try to use it within one to three hours

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Oh FFS!

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    You should not refreeze or reheat previously heated BM. If you cannot use it within 4 hours it should be thrown out. Sad but true.

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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    try storing in sml amounts for less waste

  5. #5
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    Apr 2007

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    According to this site it states If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it may be refrigerated and offered at the next feeding before it is discarded.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    I used to do it one more time. If my Lo didn't finish the bottle i used to put the leftovers in the fridge and use it one more time. My milk was so important to be thrown. You can't believe how much i was sad when i had to throw my supply which was in the freezer.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    I don't think you are suppose to re-heat. From what I've heard you should get the amount you "think" will be used and only use that... So thaw what you have pumped, pour into the bottle what you think you will use & heat it. That way you can use the rest that is now in the fridge ... at your next feeding. I think in this case better to underestimate.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    For breastmilk, the general rule is that you can refrigerate unused heated ebm then re-heat and feed ONCE more no more than 4 hours later. After that time, it's a good idea to toss what's left.

    This resource (posted earlier in the thread, too) offers information from some of the top researchers in the field of lactation. I trust it completely.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: Storage after heating?

    When you reheat refrigerated milk it normally heats portions of the milk hotter than 30°C (86°F). According to my edumacation (Home Science when I was 15) when you heat bacteria up they start to multiply fast, unless it gets hotter than about 72°C (162°F) at which point the bacteria die. If you heat up human milk to the point where it kills the bacteria, it also kills the immunological properties of the milk, leaving a nice, lipid rich sugary liquid that new bacteria can multiply in happily. If you heat it up slowly, the bacteria start multiplying faster than they would if they were in the fridge.

    Long story short- discard leftover reheated milk, and don't reheat chicken more than once

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