Reusing Heated Milk?

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Registered: 01-22-2006
Reusing Heated Milk?
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Wed, 05-27-2009 - 9:05pm

I searched the archives but could not find an answer- sorry if this is a repeat.


The daycare heated a bottle but DS only took part of it. For some reason, they did not use it at his next feeding but used a different bottle, so I ended the day with 3 oz of bm in

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-28-2009 - 12:00am

Cathy the reason you aren't finding an answer is there isn't a good one to this question.

In general once a baby's mouth has been on a bottle the recommendation is to use it within about 1-2 hours. However, as far as I know there is no research into this other than one small study. Lately some new information has told us things like thawed milk can be refrozen if less than half of the container is thawed and that breast milk is hardy and does not spoil easily.

If milk is 'bad' it's going to be bad if you use it in a bottle or cereal. Some women go by the smell since 'bad' breast milk is pretty sour smelling.

Sorry there is no clear answer but the safest we know is dump if the baby's mouth has been on it after 1-2 hours.

Storing in small portions may help you have less waste. I recommend one and two ounce portions. If the two isn't enough the sitter should be able to prepare a one ounce portion and there should be less waste.

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Registered: 01-22-2006
Thu, 05-28-2009 - 8:14pm

Thanks! That info is very helpful and gives me a good rule of thumb to use.
Cathy