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Post by tinkerbell_858 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:25 pm

Hello I am just wondering how Long does breast milk last in the freezer for side by side freezer?
i have over 40 bags and If I cant use it I would love to donate it to some poor person that cant feed there baby breast milk
Can anyone help me out please thank u

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Post by pseudo » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:02 pm

Up to 6 months in that type of freezer but I have used it well passed that date and it's fine to give mums that same option, particularly if the baby is older. What state are you in? There are Facebook milk sharing groups for each state, 'Human Milk for Human Babies' where you can post your offer.
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Post by tinkerbell_858 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:56 pm

I live in Perth western australia in Rockingham -Hillman
So you dont see a problem with the milk being left in the freezer longer than they say?

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Post by pseudo » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:20 pm

tinkerbell_858 wrote:I live in Perth western australia in Rockingham -Hillman
So you dont see a problem with the milk being left in the freezer longer than they say?
I don't, no and I have happily used it well passed that date - think almost 2 years :oops:. I wouldn't use it for a newborn or very young baby as their sole source of nutrition, not because it will make them sick but the overall nutrition, etc, would likely have deteriorated. If your milk has been stored for longer than that, make sure you let any possible recipients know how long it has been stored and in what type of freezer.

My sister used a litre of her milk that had been stored in a regular 2 door style fridge/freezer to make custard 2 years after it had been expressed :oops: . I also found a 4 year old tub of milk that I expressed for DS1 and defrosted it. It smelt fine but I didn't use it.
Food stored constantly at 0 °F will always be safe. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage. Freezing preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and foodborne illness.
Because freezing keeps food safe almost indefinitely, recommended storage times are for quality only.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FACTSheets/Foc ... /index.asp
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Post by tinkerbell_858 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:17 pm

I have milk thats been in the freezer since the start of october this year so that should be fine then??

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Post by pseudo » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:49 pm

tinkerbell_858 wrote:I have milk thats been in the freezer since the start of october this year so that should be fine then??
Yep, that's only just over 2 months.
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Post by tinkerbell_858 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:03 pm

So how long do u think that milk would last in the freezer for now??

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Post by pseudo » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:07 pm

The recommendation for that type of freezer is 3 months but some mums are happy to use it after that date. Here is some good information:

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-inf ... breastmilk
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Post by tinkerbell_858 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:55 pm

My little one is 6 months old now
thank you for ur help

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