Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

Breastmilk storageThe following guidelines are for Moms needing to store the breast milk they have pumped.  Milk should be stored in small 30-40ml batches to reduce waste.

At Room Temperature, you can keep freshly expressed breast milk for 4-6 hours.

In The Refrigerator, you can keep freshly expressed breast milk for up to 8 days.

In The Freezer @ -20°C, you can keep freshly expressed breast milk for up to a year.  Bottles or special freezer bags can be used to store milk; or you could use a sealed ice cube tray, then put the frozen cubes into a press-to-seal freezer bag.  Always label your milk with the date frozen and use the oldest milk first.

Thaw or Warm Milk by placing the bottle or bag in a container of warm water.  Shake before feeding to blend milk which may have separated during freezing.  Never microwave milk – it can create hot spots which can scald the baby.  Some babies are happy to drink cool milk too!

Thawed Milk… (even if thawed in the fridge) must be used within 24 hours and must not be refrozen.  Thawed milk brought to room temperature is safe for one feeding and the rest should be discarded.

Questions?  Call or email us – we have trained breastfeeding educators on staff to help!