Breastmilk Storage Do It Right

In case you have made the decision to breastfeed your baby, it won’t be long until you need to consider breastmilk storage.

This option will get very important for you when you will leave your baby with another care giver, or even just hand it over to your partner’s responsibility in order to sleep the whole night through.

Important details about breastmilk storage

It can be kept in sealable bottles or sterile bags.

In room temperature for:

  • 4-6 hours in 25c (air conditioned room, summer time)
  • 8-10 hours in 20c
  • 10-24 hours in 15c

Breastmilk storage in the refrigerator:

  • For about 3-5 days (in the summer) but never more than a week (in the winter). It needs to be kept in a close hermetic plastic bag or bottles and not in the refrigerator’s door but deep inside.

Breastmilk storage in the freezer:

  • For 3-4 months
  • For 6 months in deep freezer (external freezer)

When defrosting breastmilk, keep it in the fridge and use it during the following 24 hours. If you need to worm it, put the bottle under hot streaming water (up to 60c).

What NOT to do when handling breastmilk storage

  • Defrost or heat in the microwave
  • Boil or cook your breastmilk (this is ruin all nutritious values)
  • Freeze again defrosted milk
  • Re-heat breastmilk

You may add breastmilk to existing milk in the refrigerator, however let it cool first, not to spoil the older milk. Remember though that you will need to use it following the expiration date of the older milk. It is a bit harder to keep track on the date this way…

Tip 1: Know your breastmilk! Smell it and taste it. This is the only way to know if it has gotten spoiled.

Tip 2: store your breastmilk in small amounts because once you bottle- feed your child with breastmilk and he/she doesn’t finish the bottle, you will not be able to reuse it. This is due to the fact that breastmilk gets bacterias very fast (and faster than milk substances!).