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Storage Guidelines

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How to store breastmilk so that it stays fresher, longer.

Human milk should be refrigerated or chilled right after it is expressed. Acceptable guidelines for storing human milk are as follows.

Store milk:

  • at room temperature (66-78°F, 19-26°C) for 4 hours (ideal), up to 6 hours (acceptable) (some sources use 8 hours)
  • in a refrigerator (<39°F, <4°C) for 72 hours (ideal), up to 8 days (acceptable if  collected in a very clean, careful way)
  • in a freezer (-0.4 to -4°F, -18 to -20°C) for 6 months (ideal) up to 12 months (acceptable)

Helpful Links

  • LA Leche League help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support,encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
  • International Lactation Consultant Association is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families.
  • Baby Center is the #1 parenting and pregnancy digital resource that reaches 36 million moms globally with their 14 different locally owned and operated sites in 11 different languages. They are also the most recommended and most trusted pregnancy and parenting website among moms.

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