How long can breast milk sit out before it needs to be refrigerated?

Can breastmilk sit out for 4 hours then refrigerate?

Never store breast milk in disposable bottle liners or plastic bags that are not intended for storing breast milk. Freshly expressed or pumped milk can be stored: At room temperature (77°F or colder) for up to 4 hours. In the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can you take breastmilk out then put back fridge?

Once you’ve taken breast milk out of the fridge and either warmed it up or allowed it to come to room temperature, it should be used within 2 hours. It is not safe to reuse breast milk that has been left out longer than 2 hours. Dispose of it if this is the case.

Can babies drink room temperature breastmilk?

While breastfed babies will get their breast milk from the breast at body temperature, babies who are formula-fed or are taking a bottle of breast milk can drink the contents slightly warmed, at room temperature, or even cold straight from the fridge.

How do I know if my breast milk is bad?

Some people describe a “soapy” smell or taste in their milk after storage; others say it is a “metallic” or “fishy” or “rancid” odor. Some detect a “sour” or “spoiled” odor or taste. Accompanying these changes are concerns that the milk is no longer good for the baby.

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