stressed about using frozen stash!!! please help :)

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Registered: 03-26-2011
stressed about using frozen stash!!! please help :)
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 2:53pm

i'm sorry if this has been answered before, but i can't find time to sift through all the info on this great forum!!

i am in the process of weaning and will have to start using my freezer stash soon. as i understand it, the milk is good for 36 hours once removed from the freezer -- is this from the time i take it out? so if i remove a bag at 9pm on a monday night then it's good till 9am wednesday morning? or do i start counting once the milk is thawed? which seems tricky cuz how do i keep track of when its actually thawed and what's considered thawed -- totally liquid or half frozen and slushy??? and once its thawed completely and ready to drink, how long is it ok out of the fridge? so if i have a bottle of thawed milk that i take out of the fridge at 9am and DD isn't due to eat till noon, can the bottle sit in the diaper bag till noon or do i need to keep it cool with an ice pack? sorry if all these scenarios are confusing, but i am super anxious about how this is all going to work!!! right now it honestly seems easier just to pump and feed her fresh stuff, even if that means pumping in public! but i have a chest freezer (love that its called a 'chest' freezer!!) full of milk and i can't stand the thought of any of it going to waste!!

thank you all in advance! xo

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Registered: 10-14-2010
I have always heard that the milk is good for 24hrs out of the freezer, but I counted that as beginning when it was thawing, as when it first comes out and goes into the fridge it stays frozen for a while. I stopped pumping a little before my daughter was a year old and switched to freezer stash, and I found it was the easiest to only thaw a bag when she was about to eat it, and to do so by running warm water over the bag. This way I didn't have to keep track of how long a bag had been out of the fridge. If I was going somewhere, I always made sure there was an ice pack with the thawed milk to keep it pretty cold. I tried not to have frozen milk sitting around out of the fridge because a lot of the antibacterial properties of breastmilk are broken down by freezing, so I felt weird about it. I'm certainly not an expert, this is just how I did things. Hope it helps!

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Registered: 10-06-2010

I've read that ONCE THAWED frozen BM is good for 24 hours....but that leaves the question of what "thawed" means and how long it takes to thaw!