We were originally told by a lactation specialist:

  • 5 hours at room temperature
  • 5 days in the refrigerator
  • 5 months in the freezer

But what if you defrost the milk but don't end up getting a chance to use it?

Can you put it back in the refrigerator? And if so, for how long?

I hate to throw it away if we don't have to.

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The CDC sites sources that specifically say not to refreeze breastmilk. They don't say anything about not refrigerating it. Kellymom says that once thawed, breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hrs. However, it's not clear to me if this is the case if it was thawed outside the refrigerator since it looks like they don't recommend that.


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