So I woke up this morning to my freezer door WIDE open and all my freezer stash thawed out. There was close to 200oz for when I return to work. Can I refreeze this?
I am beyond upset about this. Of course my DH is offering no support since he thinks it's my fault. He said he has no sympathy because it could have been avoided I told him that I honestly don't know who left the freezer open (because I really don't think I did it but have no clue how it happened) and that I just wanted support. But no....he's just not that kind of guy
I am pretty sure once it thaws you cant refreeze but I am not 100% sure. I never delt that much with frozen milk.
Everything I am pulling up via search says you cant
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I could be wrong, its just my feeling on the rule at this time.
It was like cool liquid. Some of the bags still had a frozen chunk in the middle.
I have it in the freezer now still deciding what to do lol. I can't bring myself to throw it out yet.
Any milk that is still partially frozen will likely be ok if you re-freeze it ASAP (which you have already done). Any fully thawed milk will probably also be ok if you re-freeze it ASAP as long as it has been fully thawed for less than 24 hours. Any milk that has been fully thawed for more than 24 hours is questionable. But if it is close you can mark the bags with a permanent marker, re-freeze it and then give it the Kellymom Sniff/Taste test on a bag by bag basis.
I found a MilkShare posting with an opinion on this topic from David S. Newburg, Ph.D., Director, Program in Glycobiology, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital.
"My opinion is that if they are only partially thawed, there should be very little if any change to the milk upon refreezing, and that it will be fine for consumption."
Additionally, I have some other references that help explain why partially frozen milk should still be ok. The first link is to the Kellymom Guidelines (for healthy full-term babies, there are different guidelines for Preemies). As with most guidelines, it says you shouldn't re-freeze thawed breastmilk, without commenting on fully versus partially thawed. These guidelines are pretty widely accepted and comparable to any other reliable guidelines that I've seen.
However, these guidelines do mention the sniff/taste test (in general, not specifying refrigerated or frozen). Keep in mind that frozen milk can smell and possibly taste a little "off" anyway, so comparing it to fresh or refrigerated milk may mean throwing away milk that you might not need to; but unless you are familiar with what your frozen milk usually smells and tastes like you might want to err on the side of caution. On the other hand if it doesn't seem too bad you might take a calculated risk and try giving a small amount to baby --who is more familiar with it-- and see if he balks.
***The second link is to a recent Mothering article that implies that you can re-freeze fully thawed milk.***
The third link is to an article on food storage in general. The rule of thumb it gives is that you can re-freeze most anything that hasn't fully thawed.
I think the new rule of thumb combines the principles from the second two links. So it would seem that it is ok to re-freeze milk that hasn't fully thawed.
Breastmilk Storage & Handling
Traveling With Breastmilk
“The researchers took frozen breastmilk and thawed it, refroze it, refrigerated it and left it out at room temperature. Essentially, they beat it up. What did they find? Breastmilk is fairly robust and does not grow bacteria easily nor lose vitamins A and C or free fatty acids (FFA) to any degree that would harm a full term baby.”
Quality for Keeps: Freezer Problem Solver
EXCERPT "Refreezing: In general, food can safely be refrozen only if it still contains ice crystals or if it has been at refrigerator temperature (40 degrees Fahrenheit) for no longer than two days. In addition, use the following guidelines: If foods are completely thawed and have warmed above room temperature, foods should not be refrozen. Discard these foods. …”
One more thing, it may be a good idea to use up your re-frozen milk first regardless of whether it's only been there a little while or not. Which would mean freezing the fresh stuff until the re-frozen milk is gone.
In other words, the re-frozen milk may still be good but the shelf life may have been reduced so you want to use it while it is still good.
Please still be an active member here. Did you end up refreezing and if so, did everything go okay? I just returned home from work on a day that I'm already dealing with a half-functional pump as it is (parts on order - to be received tomorrow) and the freezer door was open. I'm guessing it is from when I got the baby's milk out for daycare this morning. Maybe I didn't shut it hard enough? I've separated what was still 90% frozen, about 50% frozen, and what just had chunks of ice in it. All was still really cold. I was in tears! I'm hoping at least some is salvageable.
P.S. - My husband was none too compassionate either. :(
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I was just reading your post from last year. Unfortunately, the same exact thing just happened to me in regards to the freezer opening up. I was wondering if you could tell me if anything happened to your child after feeding him/her the milk? I am very worried about giving him the milk. Any information is greatly appreciated.