Expressed breast milk...

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ladyscott's picture
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Expressed breast milk...

Over the last two days we have moved into a new home about 4 hrs away from where we lived. On Tuesday evening I put my frozen milk bags in a small freezer travel case, we drove 3 hrs to a hotel. When we got to the hotel I put the milk in the freezer. My milk had not thawed out yet but it was a little loose milk in the bags. In the morning I put the milk back in the freezer case and we drove 2 hours to our new home that had no refrigerator yet. The milk was starting to thaw out but still was mostly frozen. The milk sat out all day in the freezer case that was cold. That evening I put the milk that was now about 70% thawed on ice over night and sat it covered outside where it was cold. This morning our fridge was delivered about 10am so I immediately put the milk that was still cold but completly thawed out in the freezer.
Do u think the milk is still good? Is about 6 3-5 oz bags and I would hate to throw away all that milk Sad

Joined: 02/20/11
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Honestly, I don't know that I would use it. That is a lot of temperature fluctuations over a short period of time. Once frozen, the milk shouldn't be thawed unless it is going to be used and should never be refrozen.

Technically it isn't going to be spoiled or anything, just won't be as nutritious and might cause some tummy aches from the decomposition of the nutrients.

This might sound weird, but I have a few bags of iffy milk in my freezer that I have set aside for soap. I make my own soap and it isn't any different than using goat's milk lol! Any milk that ends up not being digestible gets used to make our soap. It is moisturizing and I especially have really dry skin, so I like it Smile
(also, if you did want to use the milk in soap, you wouldn't have to make soap, you just get a plain bar of soap and melt it in a double boiler with the milk, then pour it into something as a mold and let harden... and then stop looking at me weird Blum 3 lol!)

jac81's picture
Joined: 11/22/10
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I wouldn't use it. They say that once its thawed out, then you can't refreeze it. I have heard of people using their BM to make soap as Sara has said. Better than having to throw it out!

Joined: 02/12/07
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Try some. Does it taste "off"?
Honestly I don't think breastmilk really goes bad. But if you feel that it's compromised then throw it away.

wobbs's picture
Joined: 05/27/10
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I wouldn't use it, just to be safe.

irishgirl's picture
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I probably would have used it if you could have gotten it into the freezer at the new house..but I would seriously question refreezing it with it being left out for so long. I think I'd just leave it in the refrigerator and follow the refrigerator rules (what is it .. 6 days?) and if it didn't get used i'd toss it...or make soap. Wink that's genius. Smile

jac81's picture
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The handout I got from our breastfeeding class says that you have to use the milk within 24 hours once its thawed out. Freshly pumped milk can be stored 3-4 hours room temperature, 24 hours in cooler, 4-6 days in refrigerator, and 6-12 months in freezer.

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Joined: 10/02/08
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I wouldn't use it either. You can also put it to the side for medicinal uses.

How do u make herbs soap? I'm interested! My girls have a few dry spots from eczema.

ladyscott's picture
Joined: 07/03/03
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Thank ladies, I through it away, such a waste Sad