Storing the Milk

Breast milk can be stored in any container made for food storage.  Label the milk container with the baby’s name, date and time.  Only place a single serving in each container.

Breast Milk Storage Guide

Refrigerator

Freezer

Deep Freezer

Portable Cooler with Ice Packs

Fresh 5 days 5 months 1 year 24 hours
Thawed 24 hours Do not refreeze Do not refreeze 8 hours

 

Tips for thawing and warming up breast milk

  • To thaw milk, place the unopened container of breast milk in the refrigerator or in a bowl of warm water.
  • Do not thaw or warm any milk in the microwave.  Microwaves damage milk components and also heat the milk unevenly, which can burn your baby.
  • Breast milk does not necessarily need to be warmed. Some moms prefer to take the chill off and serve at room temperature. Some moms serve it cold.  If your baby prefers milk at room temperature, place the unopened container in a pan of warm water for several minutes.
  • Do not refreeze breast milk once it has been thawed, and use it within 24 hours.