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    Need help - freezer door left open.

    I lurk here because so far, things have gone great with breastfeeding. I have a 10 week old. Since my milk came in I have pumped twice a day and have been able to freeze on average at least 20 ounces of ebm a day. We have a separate fridge just for this purpose. I went out today to put more milk in and the door was open. All the milk is thawed. It is still cold, but in liquid form. What do I do??? I have probably over 1500 ounces out there. Can I refreeze it? I'm at a loss. I feel sick.

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

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    nooooo! that really sux.

    unfortunately once its thawed it should be used in a few days.

    sorry I dont have better news for you.

    hugs to your new little one, and congrats!
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    Oh no, I'm SO sorry!! I wouldn't re-freeze either. I hope you get your supply up quickly again.


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    Oh., that makes me sick., that stuff is like liquid gold! So sorry!
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    Unfortunately I agree with the other ladies.

    I would feel sick too. Heck, I do feel sick for you. Are you pumping so you can go back to work??

    One good thing about all the pumping you have done is that your supply is really good. That means that you can pump more to replace what you have lost.
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    I'm sorry that you have lost so much of your hard work!! How awful! Kudos to you on the wonderful job you are doing!! again.
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    oh man that's awful! i'm SSO sorry!!!! that's a lot of work. unfortunately, thawed milk is supposed to be used within 24 hours and cannot be refrozen. of all the rotten luck. you do have a good supply though so you can start fresh, but how heartbreaking.


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    oh, I'm SO sorry...what a complete drag. No, you can't refreeze the milk. Conservatively, it should be used within 24 hours....I've thawed and used it within a day or two.

    This won't help you much, but you could have someone give your little one a few extra bottles and you could pump that meal...it would help with restocking.

    Again, I'm really sorry...it's such a bummer.
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    That makes me want to cry! I was going to make the same suggestion as April, but it sounds like you are doing a fantastic job pumping, so I would just continue pumping the way you have been and nursing as usual. At 20 oz. a day, it won't take you long to replenish your freezer stash!

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    Another thing I thought I'd add. If you have friends/family/babysitters that live close, you might want to put a gallon sized bag of milk in each of their freezers. That way, if this happens again, you won't lose everything!! I leave a couple of freezer bags (probably about 40 oz) at my moms and the same amout at my babysitters. I also always keep two freezer bags in our home freezer and the rest in our deep freeze outside. I rotate them so that they all get used within three to four months.
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