How To Store Breast Milk

Today I’m talking anything and everything about how to store breast milk after pumping. I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat.

But in all seriousness, storing, thawing and everything that includes caring for our expressed milk is an important job and one of many pumping tips that you need to familiarize yourself with.

And besides, pumping is a lot of not-so-fun work, so knowing what to do with that milk once you’ve pumped it is important.

– Bacterial contamination – Milk degradation – Decrease in nutritional value

Improper storage of breast milk can lead to:

Option #1- Keep at room temperature- freshly expressed milk is good at room temperature (up to 77 degrees) for 4 hours.

Here are the breast milk storage guidelines for freshly pumped milk:

Option #2- Refrigerate it- Breast milk is good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Option #3- Freeze it in quantities of 2-4 ounces.

At room temperature- good for 4 hours if freshly expressed milk. Refrigerated milk- good for 3-4 days if freshly expressed. Good for 24 hours if thawed, previously frozen milk.

Storing Breast Milk Chart

Frozen milk- good for up to 12 months in a stand-alone freezer. Good for up to 6 months in a freezer attached to a refrigerator.

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