How long is breastmilk good in the freezer?

I’ve heard breast milk is only good in a regular freezer for 6 months. Has anyone ever use breast milk over the 6 months mark. I have a ton a milk in my freezer and I’m just past the 6 month mark. Do you think it’s still okay to use/donate?

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You could do a milk bath if baby gets a rash or anything, eczema, Dry akin, etc.

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Regular freezer 6 mo deep freeze 1 year

Im almost 100% positive its good for up to a year froze.

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If It goes past 6 months I wouldnt feed it to ur baby there r other ways to use it though.

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It’s good for 12 months.

Freshly expressed breast milk can be stored in the back of a deep freezer for up to 12 months. Regular freezer - 6months. However, using the frozen milk within six months is optimal.
research suggests that the longer you store breast milk — whether in the refrigerator or in the freezer — the greater the loss of vitamin C in the milk.

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6 months in a normal freezer 1 year in a deep freezer :slight_smile:

I wouldn’t use it to feed the baby but you could definitely use it in many other ways!

What’s the difference in a regular freezer and a deep freezer

Sweet drop cafe is a fb breast feeding group that offers tons of great info and the admin is a IBCLC.

My pediatrician and LC told me to go off smell because it could last longer than a year or less than 6 months. Depends on freezer and hows often you open it and what not.

My pediatrician told me the 4 rule! 4 hours out, 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer!

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Keep in mind what you pumped 6 months ago will be different in content to what you are producing now, as your milk is constantly changing to accommodate the child’s requirements.

Deep freezer = 12 months.
Regular freezer = 6 months.
I’ve heard people use it after the 6 months mark but I personally wouldn’t risk it

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Guideline says 6m regular freezer and 12m deep freeze. I’ve used donor milk up to 2.5 years old because that’s all I could get my hands on and baby has terrible problems with formula.
No problems
They are guidelines. Thaw some see how it smells. Sour milk smells like sour milk

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My milk wouldn’t keep beyond 2-3 months before it soured :woman_shrugging:t2::roll_eyes:

I think you should be okay as long as it smells fine! We have used some milk over the 6 months and it was fine!

I got this at lactation last week

Doctors say deep freeze 12mos tops!!!