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thawed breastmilk

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DP pumps and freezes when she is at work so I and the babysitter can feed DS while she is away. We usually thaw a 6oz bag of milk, which he eats over the course of a few hours. Recently, I read that you shouldn't let thawed breastmilk stand at all at room temperature.

So, should I be feeding DS and then throwing away the rest, defrosting only tiny amounts (I don't quite know how to do this logistically), or is it okay for one defrosted bottled to be used two or three times over the course of a few hours.

I haven't seen any horrible reactions in DS. He does have reflux, so he spits up a lot, so it might be hard to distinguish something related to milk as opposed to something related to the reflux.

Opinions on this?

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Once the bottle of EBM has been heated, my understanding is that it should be used within 1 hour. It would probably be best to have your DP store the BM in smaller containers (maybe 2-3 oz.?) so that you are defrosting/warming less at one time. HTH!
I must admit, we are less-than-fastidious about dealing with stored breastmilk. When we would have larger quantities of frozen milk than Karen would take in 1 feeding, though, Phil would let the milk thaw on the counter or in the fridge, then separate the milk into 2-3 containers for feedings. This way he would avoid reheating the milk too many times. You just have to make sure you mix in the fat well before separating out the smaller portions.

Also, see if the baby will take milk unheated or even straight from the fridge. It does make life easier all around. Karen started taking it cold when she was about 6 months old.
One thing you didn't ask about is the freezing in the first place. You say: "DP pumps and freezes when she is at work". In general it's best to feed the baby fresh milk, at least unfrozen. If the baby is at all predictable, and it's possible, it might be better to take a pattern of pumping and refrigerating on Monday-Thursday, freezing on Friday. Baby gets 1 day-in-the-fridge milk on Tuesday-Friday, thawed milk on Monday.

I understand freezing kills some of the "live" properties of the milk whereas refrigeration doesn't.

Someone, please correct me if I'm wrong!
As far as I know, fresh BM can stand at rm temp for up to 8 hrs as it has natural anti-microbial properties. BM thawed in the fridge is meant to be used w/in 24hrs. As other posters have said, it might be better to refrigerate the fresh BM instead of freezing (can be refrigerated for up to 4 days I think?) or freezing it in smaller aliquots.
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