This is a discussion on Storage of ebm within the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group forum, part of the MummySG Special Group category; Dear mummy, would like to find out how ebm can be stored; by freezing or just refrigerating it? How long ...
would like to find out how ebm can be stored; by freezing or just refrigerating it?
How long can freezed ebm be stored?
Can thawed ebm be reused if baby can't finish it from the feeding bottle?
Last edited by iwan2noe; 22-01-2010 at 12:51 AM.
It depends on when you intend to use it. If within the next 48 hours, I will store in fridge. If it's going to add to my 3-month stash, then I will freeze it. Do note that frozen ebm has lesser antibodies than refrigerated ebm. Think the freezing process kills some antibodies.
If you are planning to refrigerate, then place the milk into the innermost section of the fridge. Less differential temp when the fridge door is opened & closed.
For freezing, if you are using the normal 2 door fridge (freezer is separate door from fridge section), then you can keep it up to 3 mths from the date of expression. If you are using a deep chest freezer, then 6 mths from date of expression.
Thawing wise, it depends again. If you thaw overnight in the fridge, then can keep for 24 hours from time of thawing. If you thawed it under running water or in a cup of warm water, then any unused portion must be discarded immediately if not consumed. Again, dont't use too hot water to thaw the milk cos the antibodies will be killed.
Do note that no matter which way you thaw, if you put everything in a bottle and feed baby, any unused portion should be discarded immediately cos it's in contact with baby's saliva.
anyone used those bottle warmers to thaw ebm before? thinking if i shld get that too.. hmm
i did. but now the warmer is a white elephant because it tends to overheat and ruin the antibodies in my EBM. So now i only use a warm water bath. It's good enough.
I never used a warmer before. Always relied on a cup with some warm water.