Simple handling questionS

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Registered: 02-05-2012
Simple handling questionS
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 5:35am
I am really confused due to conflicting information available at various places on handling milk. Hoping this forum can help. 1. How long is fresh milk good at room temperature? 2. Once refrigerated milk is thawed, how long is that good? Can the left over milk be again refrigerated and reused? Baby extremely gassy therefore worried that my mishandling is not hurting LO. LO turns 7 weeks on TUesday, 7th Feb. Thanks in advance. Pallavi
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Registered: 12-23-2011
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 12:33pm


Kellymom has a page:'

I think it has all the answers to your questions. I usually set out the frozen milk in the refrigerator to thaw. I set it out about 10-12 hrs in advance of when I will need the milk. For example, I set out 3, 3 oz bags of frozen milk in the refrigerator at 11:30 p.m. last night. This morning, I used one bag of it but I had to put it in slightly warm water since it wasn't completely thawed. The other two bags should thaw out by the time I need them today. I always make sure I use up the frozen milk within 15 hours of it thawing. It says upto 24 hours is good.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 12:58pm
As the previous poster suggested, Kellymom is a good resource. Usually fresh milk is good for 8-10hrs at a comfortable room temperature (obviously less if it is hot out or you live in a warm area). You will KNOW if it is bad--it smells awful! Also, a baby won't drink spoiled milk.

I used to try to use refrigerated milk right away, or keep it on an icepack if I took it out. Technically the leftover milk can't be reused because the bacteria from baby's mouth enter the milk and breed in there, so extra should be tossed. I did reuse some milk when my baby got older and had developed more of an immune system, maybe 10 months old or so, but not when she was really little. I used to fill her bottles on the low side and then add more if needed so that I wouldn't waste any. hope this helps!