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what to do with 5 month old frozen breastmilk?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have 5 month old frozen expressed breast milk. What should I do with this? They say bf is no longer good after 3 months. I don't know why.. Maybe it goes bad, or nutrition is no longer good? Should I discard it?
post #2 of 15
From what my little card from the hospital says, frozen EBM is good in the freezer for 3 months if it's a freezer over a fridge. If it's been in a deep freezer, it's good for 6 months... HTH...
post #3 of 15
If it's been deep frozen, and is still good, you can always donate it:


Donations:

http://www.breastmilkdonations.com/index.html

http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/
post #4 of 15
I thought the rule of thumb was 3-6 months in an over-the-fridge freezer, and 6-12 in a deep freeze? http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

Regardless, the pp's idea of donating it is a great idea.
post #5 of 15
I had thought about donating my extra breast milk when I had a lot extra, but when I looked into it (at least here) they wouldn't take already expressed milk. I would have had to give them the first of the morning and all of that stuff. I ended up dumping a lot of milk down the sink, it was sad. If that is different now, let me know. I am sure I will face this again with the next one.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I put my bf in the chest freezer - is it deep freezer?
post #7 of 15
Yep. A chest freezer is a deep freezer.
post #8 of 15
if it is past the time it is safe to use for baby's consumption you could always use it to make mother's milk soap
post #9 of 15
You could also donate it directly to mothers, instead of a bank.

That's what I'm doing. though my milk hasn't been in the freezer long, I just have a lot of extra.
post #10 of 15
If your deep freeze is not opened often, it is good for a year. I am still using some milk from dec 05 and it still smells and tastes ok. DD drinks it without complaining and she does not get sick. I had a massive oversupply, so it takes a long time to rotate through the milk. I have 3.5 deep freezers full of it!!! (I am an EPer)

If the milk does not taste/smell ok, then you can make soap out of it.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by MaryJaneLouise View Post
If it's been deep frozen, and is still good, you can always donate it:


Donations:

http://www.breastmilkdonations.com/index.html

http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/
These are mother to mother donation sites.
post #12 of 15
If your baby eats solids, you can use it on oatmeal or something.
post #13 of 15
I'd still use it, even if it was in a fridge freezer. In fact, I do use a freezer/fridge combo, and I use the milk up until 6 months.
post #14 of 15
how do you make mothers milk soap? i have a feeezer full of milk and dd wont touch a bottle
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by hrtoe View Post
I had thought about donating my extra breast milk when I had a lot extra, but when I looked into it (at least here) they wouldn't take already expressed milk. I would have had to give them the first of the morning and all of that stuff. I ended up dumping a lot of milk down the sink, it was sad. If that is different now, let me know. I am sure I will face this again with the next one.

I donated all my frozen milk through MilkShare. I had several hundred oz. from when ds was in the NICU for 8 weeks (and they were eecked out 1-2 oz at a time). I would have been heartbroken if all that hard work literally went down the drain. Ds is dairy intolerant so I couldn't keep it for him. It was so rewarding to know that it went to another preemie in need and to a foster baby who's foster parents cared enough to try to give her the best they possibly can.
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