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Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

Breastfeeding-icon-medWhen our first daughter was born, my wife and I hired a lactation consultant who came to the house to help with the breast feeding initiative but also inform us on the world of breast feeding and breast milk.  Below is some information that was provided that we constantly looked at as a guide – how long is breast milk good for and in what setting.  Posting this detail so I have it in a central place going forward, but also hope that others can use the detail as well.

Freshly pumped breast milk can be left out:

  • 3 to 6 hours at room temperature
  • 3 to 6 days in the refrigerator
  • 3 to 6 months in the freezer (use back of the freezer and keep away from defrosting air vent)

Adding to already stored milk:

  • cool down newly pumped milk
  • add to refrigerated milk (if adding to frozen milk, the new milk should be a smaller amount than the frozen milk)

Defrosting frozen milk:

  • hold under warm running water – shake often
  • never microwave – this can cause dangerous hot spots

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