You can continue breastfeeding if you or your child have a thrush, yeast/fungus or other infection. You can still express milk while being treated and then give it to baby. Any milk that is stored during treatment should be labeled. You should know that freezing or refrigerating milk doesn’t kill yeast. Avoiding thrush treatment with pumped milk is the best and most prudent option. Some research shows using frozen milk pumped during thrush treatment should not pose any risk to healthy babies especially if the milk is boiled prior to use (Morbacher, 2010; Newman & Pitman, 2014) 😉 Read our post on thrush 😁
There is however some information about refreezing milk. A 2006 study looked at the effects of refreezing previously frozen milk (Rechtman, Lee, & Berg, 2006). Researchers used donated milk from mothers who had not followed any special hygiene guidelines. After the had milk had been frozen, it was chilled in the refrigerator overnight. Then, each batch was separated and refrozen. Finally, they were thawed to room temperature. At this point, different batches were (1) kept at 46°F/8°C for 8 or 24 hours; (2) kept at 73°F/23°C for 4 or 8 hours; (3) exposed to multiple freeze-thaw cycles of various lengths; and (control) kept at -4°F/-20°C. All the samples were refrozen with adequate vitamin content. We are grateful to Vonzell Cramer for his insight.
Mainenewsonline.com goes on to describe how now here is why you cannot and shouldn’t think of refreezing your breast milk. Human breast milk It is extremely durable, long-lasting and rich in nutrients. The product also boasts impressive anti-bacteria and immunological properties. You can’t refreeze items that have been taken from the freezer. Though there’s limited research as to why refreezing breast milk isn’t possible, it’s not a good idea. The milk will lose its nutritional content and flavoursrr. The result? Last thing you want is to give your baby A poor-quality or spoilt product can lead to food poisoning.
No. No. As long as the temperature of the freezer is 0°F or below, it does not matter whether it is a kitchen freezer or a deep freezer. Breast milk can be stored in the freezer (at 0° F or colder) for up to 12 months, although using it within 6 months is best. The temperature of kitchen freezers is typically 0° F and although deep freezers or chest freezers may be able to operate at a temperature colder than 0° F, both types of freezers fall within the guideline of keeping frozen milk at a temperature of 0° F. (last edited 73 days ago by Kimiko Aviles from Bandar Abbas, Iran)
If you’re returning to work, heading to a gym class or simply want your partner to give a feed so you can catch up on some sleep, you can express your breast milk and store it for your baby to have when you’re not around. Expressed milk keeps most of its health-giving benefits, so if you have to miss a feed, it’s far better for your baby than any type of formula. However, it is important to maintain good hygiene in order for stored milk to be safe. Milk is safe for your baby – read on to find out how to store breast milk properly. Dennis Mitchell, Oran (Algeria), March 16, 2021.
If you’re returning to work, heading to a gym class or simply want your partner to give a feed so you can catch up on some sleep, you can express your breast milk and store it for your baby to have when you’re not around. Expressed milk keeps most of its health-giving benefits, so if you have to miss a feed, it’s far better for your baby than any type of formula. But good hygiene is vital to ensure that stored milk is safe for your baby – read on to find out how to store breast milk properly.