A research article from 2006 on breast milk storage including thawing & refreezing, shows if the milk is thawed under certain circumstances it CAN be refrozen. Just wanted to share this with any moms experiencing power outages and worrying about losing their freezer stash.
This really depends on your pumping plan but here's a few tips & suggestions...
~ Keep a day's worth of milk in the fridge and maybe an extra bottle for safety and you can freeze the rest if you're working on building up a "stash of liquid gold"
~ Milk is good for up to 3 months in a regular freezer or even longer in a deep freezer.
~ Remember thawed milk should be drank in about 24 hours.
~ I always took enough milk for the next day out of the freezer the evening before and put it in the fridge. Then in the morning the milk was almost completely defrosted so I made up our bottles for the day at one time.
~ If you're planning on quitting pumping and just going to frozen milk plan for about 1,000 ounces a month to be consumed. This gives you 25-30 oz a day for your baby, plus a little extra for growth spurts, wasted bottles, and mixing into food.
~ If you're freezing most of your milk remember to start rotating your stash by using at least some of the milk in the freezer so it doesn't go bad.
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