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Frozen BM - how long they last?

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    eva
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    Question Frozen BM - how long they last?

    HI All,

    After surfing the net for bf topics I came across different times suggested for storing frozen bm....Some sites said 3 months in the freezer, some sites said 2 weeks, that's a big difference. I am giving bm a month old to my 3 month old baby girl while i am at work, and i just have a normal fridge with freezer compartment on top, not a separate freezer.
    Is it OK???
    Please help.

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    KellyMom has a great chart:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html
    Kellymom is also a great site in general for breast feeding information.

    Dr Sears has a useful chart:
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp
    Scroll down the page on the link above.

    Here is the information, but it does not retail the layout when I paste it here.

    Where stored Storage temperature
    (degrees Fahrenheit) Storage temperature
    (degrees Centigrade) How long

    At room temperature 60 degrees F 15 degrees C 24 hours
    At room temperature 66-72 degrees F 19-22 degrees C 10 hours
    At room temperature 79 degrees F 25 degrees C 4-6 hours
    In a refrigerator 32-39 degrees F 0-4 degrees C 8 days
    In a freezer compartment inside a refrigerator 2 weeks
    In a self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator 3-4 months
    In a separate deep freeze with a constant temperature 0 degrees F -19 degrees C 6 months or longer
    crj

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    Thx a lot!

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    i started buying subzero thermomters to put in my freezer, so i know what temperature it is in. i also notice that it is better to freeze bm within 24hrs. if u do have milk in the fridge, then use it within 8 days, but don't put them in the freezer, say, after 5 days cos the taste change.

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    BTW, i noticed small white dots floating in my thawed milk evertime, does anyone have the same thing happen to them?

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    Unlike homogenized milk, human milk will separate when left to stand, with the fat rising to the top. This does not mean it has spoiled. Simply shaking the container gently will restore the milk to a homogeneous consistency. This happens to both fresh and forzen milk.

    You may be interested in the following information about storing human milk.

    LLLI's information Human Milk Storage
    http://llli.org/NB/NBstorage.html

    Storing Pumped Breastmilk
    A Q & A Forum with Dr. Ruth Lawrence

    http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_abo...e_anwers1.html

    Best wishes,
    SARAH

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