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: 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.

Do you have any other questions?

You can find more information on pumping and storing breastmilk in our free app, LactApp for iPhone or Android. In the contact section of the app, you can find an in-app consultation channel, where our experts will answer your questions.


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