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We are going to the beach to visit ILs, about a 3 hour drive away, and I wanted to take a bag or two of milk from my freezer stash in case we want to have a grown up night out and mil wants to watch the baby. Which she probably will and I probably won't! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So, anyway, if I take a bag out of its deep freeze and move it down to their house into their regular refrigerator's freezer, how long will it last? Most of my bags are from April now, so they've been in there 5 mos. Does the clock start ticking then for 3 mos? I would like to maybe leave it there because I'm sure we'll be back a couple times in the next 3 mos...<br><br>
Please advise, breast milk gurus! tia.
 

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I would pro-rate it. If I remember correctly you can keep it in the deep freezer for 6 to 12 months. You can keep it in the freezer compartment of a fridge for 3 to 6 months. So my guess is you would have 1/6 to 1/2 of 3 to 6 months which would be about 2 weeks to 3 months if my math is correct, which is a pretty broad range.<br><br>
Otherwise you could take your milk out of the deep freezer just before the 6 to 12 months was up, put it in the freezer compartment of the fridge and buy yourself another 3 months. And at 5 months that's basically what you'd be trying to do.<br><br>
In any case, unless you have a really big freezer stash I would err on the side of caution and assume it's only going to be good for the lower end of the range, 2 weeks or so. In which case you should bring as much as you need each time you go.<br><br>
Good luck, ~Cath
 

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maybe I should take some of the newer milk? It's the April milk that's the oldest, so I've been using that when I need it. I have some from June...
 

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Generally you want to use the oldest stuff first to increase the likelihood that none of it will go bad before you use it.<br><br>
If you are in any jeopardy of running out then the worst thing you can do is take a generous amount of the freshest stuff to an offsite location where it will be "aging" faster than the stash you are using on a more regular basis. Since the formerly fresh(er) stuff could easily go bad first, possibly before you get to use it.<br><br>
Personally, I think you are better off developing a routine for bringing enough for one, possibly two, visits at a time.<br><br>
The other issue is that of putting all your milk in one basket so to speak. If you take a large amount with you in one shot and something goes wrong then you stand to lose a lot at once. To use the insurance concept, you may want to "spread the risk" over more than one trip.<br><br>
JMO, ~Cath
 

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Hmm...thanks Cath. I'm only working half days now, and he's not even taking a bottle while I'm gone in the morning most days. I was pumping more than he needed every day, when I was working full time. So, I have a great stash. And that deep freeze rarely gets opened. I guess I'll just take like 2 of the old bags and my pump. I find I have to pump when we do something new, like drive to the beach to stay for 5 days, and he can't concentrate on eating. I just don't get a chance to pump now at home, cause he's almost always eating (growth spurt) and makes fighting sleep his full time job.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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