Handling and storing breast milk can be scary but is much simpler than it sounds. As this is a common doubt, we present you quick information on the preservation of milk.
Fresh milk: In the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
Fresh milk at room temperature (summer): 4 hours
Fresh milk at room temperature (winter): 6 hours
Fresh milk to be refrigerated and then frozen: No more than 24 hours in the refrigerator.
Milk frozen at (-19 Cº): 6 months
Milk frozen at (-4 / -5 Cº): 3 months
Milk frozen at (- 20°C or higher): 12 months
Blanched milk to inactivate lipase: freeze immediately and follow freezing times as outlined above.
Milk thawed in the fridge: 24h
Milk thawed with hot water or similar: Up to 2 hours after drinking
Heated milk that the baby has not drunk: 2h and cannot be reheated
Heated milk that the baby has consumed partially: 1h cannot be reheated.
In the section “our lactation” you will find more information about the conservation of milk.