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    milk storage question

    man, i'm a posting fool over here today, huh!

    my question is....when we have refridgerated only (never frozen) EBM and put it into a bottle, and have it warmed to room temp (by warm water only).....if the baby decides NOT to take the bottle, do i have to toss the EBM? or can i re-refridgerate it without any damage being done? if this happened, i would be sure to use it within 24 hrs, but i'm not sure if the cooling-warming-cooling-warming would be a problem.

    thanks!! your advice is much appreciated!!

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    Sarah,
    We cool and reheat EBM all the time in the NICU. I usually try to just warm what I'm going to use for a feeding, but lots of the nurses there will warm an entire bottle and then just pull up in a syringe what they need and then re-refridgerate the rest. As long as you are using a warm water bath to heat it, you can cool it again. If she drinks any of a bottle, though, use it within an hour or toss the rest, as you shouldn't save it once they've put it in their mouth. (you probably know that part )
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    thanks michele! that's just what i was hoping to hear. i feel like my milk is GOLD and don't want to waste a single drop of it!

    now, what if it was frozen, and then thawed with a warm water bath and not all of it was used (but not 'in' the bottle)? still the same, i'm assuming?
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    Frozen that has been thawed needs to be used within 24 hours of thawing.

    I agree with the above.

    Although now that my baby is older, if he starts a bottle and doesn't finish it, I will put it in the fridge, then change the nipple and use it later that day. I know you aren't "supposed" to do this, but it hasn't seemed to bother Kaden. I normally use it for his cereal....that he won't eat!
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    Sarah,
    Yes, you can thaw frozen and reheat it multiple times as well. Our NICU policy is to use frozen MBM within 48 hours. I've heard lots of different variations on this, I tend to do what the NICU does out of habit since it's what I know. Plus, if it's good enough for preemies with no immune systems, it's gotta be ok for a "regular" baby
    Yeah, I think of my milk as gold, too, even with a freezer full of it! It's just too much work to pump it out and store it only to throw it away. Formula is expensive, but I feel like there is a never-ending supply of that, not my milk.
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