You will definitely want to freeze some of your milk away for future use. Always freeze in bags, not bottles. If you freeze in a bottle there is a much higher likelihood that the milk will get freezer burned. Milk frozen in bags can be stored for 6-12 months in a good freezer.
You can store fresh milk for 5 hours at room temperature OR 5 days in the refrigerator OR 6 months in the freezer (12 months if you have a deep-freeze). Keep in mind that everyone’s milk spoils at a different time. For me, I could only keep it in the refrigerator for 4 days, but I could use milk from the freezer that was over 12 months old without a problem. Do not re-freeze thawed milk!
So how do you know if the milk is spoiled?
Your nose is your best tool- a funny smell is a sure sign. Also, if baby refuses to eat may also be an indicator should your sniffer fail you!
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