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can you re-thaw & re-refrigerate breast milk?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
No refreezing: You can thaw breast millk once and keep it in the refrigorator for 72-96 hours , but i wouldnt refreeze it again.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: After milk is thawed, it should not be refrozen. Thawed milk should be used completely within 24 hours.

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Can I mix breast milk with regular milk?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: Sure, human breast milk can be topped off with formula for a bottle, or in an older kid (usually past 12 mos) it can top off cow's milk in a cup.
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How long before breast milk spoils in the refrigerator?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
About 7 days: It is generally recommended to keep the milk at a constant cool temperature at the back of your refigerator.
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Is it ok to freeze breast milk?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: You can freeze your freshly pumped breastmilk for up to 3 months. It is best to keep it the back of your freezer to keep it very cold. Some report that if you have a separate deep freezer you may even keep it for longer.
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What does breast milk contain?

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Dr. Theresa Willett
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Great stuff!: Breast milk is the perfect food for babies: it has the right balance of fat, sugar, and protein, and it contains other nutrients like iron in small but very digestible amounts. The most unique and irreplaceable part of breast milk is immunity. Milk has antibodies, the tiny immune shields that protect against infections, and that vaccines will promote later in infancy and life.
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What should I do with unused breast milk?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Don't waste it!: Freeze your unused milk. Once your baby has sucked on a bottle you can no longer save the leftover milk. So if you're pumping 5 oz but your baby only eats 4 oz, put 4 oz in the bottle; if he's still hungry give him the remaining ounce, but if he's full you can freeze the leftover. Breastmilk last 3-4 months in a standard freezer. You can use it in a bottle later or mix it into some rice cereal.

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