At some point this evening DH or one of my littles knocked my pumped milk out of the fridge. I discovered this about 30 minutes ago. The bag was still cool to touch and the a/c in the housr is set for 74. I'm assuming it's still fine since it was cool to the touch.
Second, per Kelly Mom website you can rinse pump parts and store in the fridge and use throughout the day. Then washing in the evening. But I've read some different sites trying to answer the above question which has different thoughts. What do you Do? Do wash after each pump session or rinse parts, store in fridge, and wash in the evenings? I have almost 100 ounces stashed in the fridge. My anxiety is starting to flare as returning to work looms near. So I'm worrying myself over things like this.
6 hrs out is conservative - it can be good for up to 10 out. Smell it, if it's bad you will KNOW - spoiled bm smells worse than reg milk, really bad. Bm is very resilient. Yes, for frozen, if it still has ice crystals it's considered still frozen. And you can refreeze once, just mark the bag.
Storing in fridge and washing 1x/day is fine. More stringent washing or needing to sterilize usually applies only to preemies or immunocompromised babies. People are freaking out right now because of some new recommendations (CDC maybe?) that came out after a baby got sick from some crazy bacteria when mom wasn't washing after every feed - but they were leaving them sitting out in bowls of water in the sink between feeds, and also I think the baby was a preemie. So the worries don't really need to apply where you're regular feeding a healthy term baby.
So, it's fine to store in the fridge between pumps. I did that with DS and am now doing that with DD - wash once per day. Actually I have extra flanges so I wash the pump part/value 1x day and use everything else clean, but that's just bc I'm only manual pumping and have lots of extra parts.
I'm not pumping anymore but when I was I just washed once a day and stored in the fridge in between pumps. Also if the milk that you found was still cool to the touch, I'd put it back in the fridge without a second thought.
Kind of off topic but I have some milk in my freezer that we can't use now because of a dairy sensitivity. Anyone ever do anything with unused milk? It's less than 100 ounces.