Breast milk storage: summary chart

Breast milk storage: summary chart

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:

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.

FROZEN:

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.

DE-FREEZED:

Milk thawed in the fridge: 24h

Milk thawed with hot water or similar: Up to 2 hours after drinking

HEATED:

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.

 

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