Breast Milk Storage Guidelines
If you are pumping, there is no getting around it. You have to store breast milk. Whether you will be storing milk in the fridge with storage bottles or in the freezer with breast milk storage bags, it's important that you follow the recommended guidelines for storage and preparation of human breast milk for the safety of your baby.
Breast Milk Storage Guidelines at a glance:
|Storage Locations & Temperatures
|Types of Breast Milk
|77° F (25° C) or colder (room temperature)
|40° F (4° C)
|0° F (-18±C) or colder
|Freshly Expressed or Pumped
|Up to 4 Hours
|Up to 4 Days
|Within 6 months is best Up to 12 months is acceptable
|Thawed, Previously Frozen
|Up to 1 Day
|NEVER refreeze human milk after it has been thawed
|Leftover from a Feeding (baby did not finish the bottle)
|Use within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding
Click here to download Breast Milk Storage Guidelines in English.
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