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BreastMilkHelp!

I want to breast feed, but I want to freeze my breast milk. I know nothing about breast milk and how long it last if I freeze it in the baggies, how long will it last? And if I don't freeze it and I just store it in the fridge how long does it last? And is there anything I need to know about freezing breast milk that's important lol 
Lisa6083

Re: BreastMilkHelp!

  • smushi said:
    Here is a helpful breakdown for milk storage and how long it lasts.  Kellymom is great storehouse of knowledge for breastfeeding.

    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/
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  • I was taught it's the rule of sevens. Breast milk lasts 7 hours left out. 7 days in the fridge, and 7 months in the freezer. Always date them so you aren't feeding baby spoiled breast milk!
  • Kellymom is the best source on the Internet. I don't know how people BF'ed before it.
  • Unless you have to go back to work right away, don't worry about freezing at first. Focus instead on getting BFing down. Then after several weeks, start pumping and freezing. I second @smushi on her recommendation. Good luck!
    smushi said:
    Here is a helpful breakdown for milk storage and how long it lasts.  Kellymom is great storehouse of knowledge for breastfeeding.

    http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/
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  • I was told by doctors when I delivered 3-4 days in the fridge, 6 months in freezer, 12 months in a deep freezer. 
  • I like the rule of 7... that's a good one.. deep freeze can go up to 12 months though...
    And having Btdt. .. opening a bottle of sketchy milk from fridge... you'll know... YUCK 
  • Also - it was sort of inefficient from an environmental perspective but if you freeze everything in 4oz quantities in freezer bags or even a few 2oz bags (I went through seriously a million freezer bags) then you're able to pull out one at a time and only defrost exactly what you need. Do NOT freeze large 8-16oz quantities that you might have to waste! 
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