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How to Store Thawed Milk

If you have thawed breast milk that was frozen, you may be wondering how to store it if you don't use it right away. If you put your frozen milk in the refrigerator to thaw and have not warmed it yet, it can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours.
If you thawed it outside of the fridge, it can be kept in the refrigerator for four hours. If you have thawed breast milk and are keeping it at room temperature, try not to exceed four hours -- one to two hours at room temperature is ideal.

Wrapping It Up

Overall, the antibacterial properties in breast milk make it fairly resilient, and it stores well, especially compared to formula. Although many moms don't want to miss out on any breastfeeding sessions with their infant, there are simply some times when you may not be able to nurse. Having a stockpile of backup breast milk in the freezer or refrigerator can at least give nursing mothers the peace of mind in knowing that their baby can still benefit from breast milk even when they can't physically be there to provide it.
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