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June 18th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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I had to go have dental work done earlier today and hubby left 4 oz of my precious breastmilk in a bottle, at room temperature, from about 12pm until 5:30pm (I just now found it and I'm beyond livid). It was previously FROZEN. It doesn't smell bad and I just put it in the fridge in the bottle.....do I HAVE to throw it out? I've worked SO HARD for this milk that it really peeves me to have to throw it out but I obviously don't want him to get sick! I was thinking of feeding it to him next feeding and pumping and storing that so that I'm not "losing" any precious milk!
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June 18th, 2012, 03:39 PM
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I'm not sure what I'd do. I usually throw mine out if it sits at room temp for more than 4.5 hours. You could try feeding it to him? I get so many mixed reviews when it comes to storing at room temp, some say 7 hours, some say no more than 4.
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June 18th, 2012, 03:42 PM
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I know everything I read says something different. Wouldn't it smell "sour" if it had gone bad at this point?
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June 18th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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I was told 4 hours room temp. I've kept things longer than I should, not that I'm telling you to do that. I can't say that it would smell sour, breastmilk is very different from cow's milk. Was the bottle used at all or was it just defrosted and left out?
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June 18th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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I'd totally use it. We keep bottles at room temperature up to 7 hours at night sometimes -- hubby takes the bottles out of the fridge around 10pm and I'll give her whatever's left over around 5am. Disclaimer of YMMV, of course, but we've never had a problem.

I use the cheat sheet here at Dr Sears' website: Storing & Transporting Breast Milk | Ask Dr. Sears®

Which says milk can be stored for up to 10 hours at room temperature between 66-72F.
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June 18th, 2012, 07:26 PM
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As with any food or beverage, when in doubt throw it out!!
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June 19th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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This is a little late but since it was frozen and thawed I would pitch is.. if it was fresh it would be good for up to 10 hours.
I always tell who ever is watching baby that use the milk for 4 hours then get new.... but I typically give fridge or frozen milk to who ever watches baby.
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June 19th, 2012, 04:29 PM
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I dumped it. =( Thanks ladies!
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