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How long can you keep EBF in the fridge for?

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SilverSky Tue 11-Jan-11 13:19:14

As thread title really!

My breast pump guidelines say 24hrs whereas the NHS says 5 days!

Anyone know or what do you do?

Tho at the mo it's all a bit irrelevant as Ds won't take a bottle anyway.

Seona1973 Tue 11-Jan-11 13:27:17

kellymom says its ok for up to 8 days!

milk storage

lunafire Tue 11-Jan-11 15:24:04

Up to 8 days as per the kellymom link, depending on how cold your fridge is. Mine kept for that long when I was expressing. Best thing to do though is taste & smell it when it's fresh so you'll know when it's off wink

TheButterflyEffect Tue 11-Jan-11 15:25:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SilverSky Tue 11-Jan-11 16:29:31

Many thanks!

Another q- if Ds doesn't finish the bottle would you discard or put back in fridge for later? Obv only poss if at home and not out and about.....

NotQuiteCockney Tue 11-Jan-11 16:31:17

If you warm up the bottle, then you can't put it back in the fridge. I'm not sure what the options are like if you don't warm it up ...

Seona1973 Tue 11-Jan-11 16:39:54

according to this you can re-use breast milk if it has only been partially drunk.

Petsville Tue 11-Jan-11 17:18:22

Just wanted to add a word of caution - some women find that it goes off faster than any of the guidelines suggest. It's something to do with enzyme levels, I think. The only way we can be sure my EBM is OK is to freeze it as soon as I've pumped it, and then defrost immediately before using it.

I'm afraid the only way to find out whether yours goes off fast or not is to taste it.

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