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Expressed milk. How long?

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funnylittlekaty Thu 07-Jul-11 08:05:05

Please could anyone tell me how long ebm can stay out? I expressed it last night at half ten, refrigerated it, took it out and 7 and warmed it up whereupon my little monkey took 40ml then passed out asleep. Don't want to chuck it, takes me ages to express it. How long can I leave it out? Thank you! X

cocoachannel Thu 07-Jul-11 09:32:34

You should be able to tell if it is okay by sniffing and/or tasting it. I think the general guidance is two hours but this seems to vary from woman to woman.

Kellymom has info:

cocoachannel Thu 07-Jul-11 09:32:44


cocoachannel Thu 07-Jul-11 09:33:09

Oops, 3rd time lucky!!

peedieworky Thu 07-Jul-11 09:40:59

I posted a similar question a wee while ago and had found this:

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
Type of Milk Save or Dump? Why
Milk remaining in the bottle that has been offered to baby Use for next feeding, otherwise discard. Bacteria from the baby's mouth may have entered the milk during the feeding. This may lead to bacterial contamination if it sets too long (though as yet there is no research available).
Milk that has been thawed Save in the refrigerator for 24 hours after thawing, then discard. Do not refreeze. Milk that has been frozen has lost some of the immune properties that inhibit bacterial growth in fresh refrigerated milk.
Milk that has been kept in the refrigerator for eight days Transfer to storage in the freezer, or discard. Bacterial growth is not a problem, but milk sometimes picks up odors or flavors from the refrigerator or the container.

funnylittlekaty Thu 07-Jul-11 09:50:28

Thank you very much! He had it about an hour later, grumbled at me for a bit and has gone back to sleep. Lovely. X

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