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Guidelines

Breast milk that is... Stored at room temp.
26°C OR LOWER
stays good for...
Stored in a fridge
5°C OR LOWER
stays good for...
Stored in a freezer
-15°C OR LOWER
stays good for...

Freshly expressed 

into a sterile container

6 - 8 hours

store milk in fridge if available

3 days or less
no more than 72 hours
(store at back where it is coldest)

2 weeks in freezer compartment
inside a fridge (-15°C).



3 months in freezer section of fridge
with separate door (-18°C).



6 - 12 months in deep freeze (-20°C)*

Thawed in fridge
previously frozen
4 hours or less 24 hours Do not refreeze
Thawed outside fridge in warm water Only for completion of feed
after feed, throw away any leftover
4 hours or less Do not refreeze
Infant has begun feeding Only for completion of feed
after feed, throw away any leftover
After feed, throw away any leftover Do not refreeze

*Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature.

For expressed breast milk

  • Freeze milk that will not be used within two days.
  • Label all breast milk containers with date and time of when it was expressed.
  • Use the oldest milk first.
  • Breast milk will form layers after standing. This is normal. Gently swirl to mix it again.
  • Do not thaw or warm breast milk in a microwave.

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