For those that pump in order to keep up our milk supply or because we work away from our children, breastmilk storage is always a concern. How long will it keep? What happens if I set it on the desk and forgot about it for an hour?
Here are some quick storage time tips:
- Room Temperature- 5-10 hours
- Refrigerator- 4-5 days
- Regular Freezer- 3-6 months
- Deep Freezer- 6-12 months
Some breast milk will spoil more quickly than others – that is why a range of time is given in each category. I could only store my milk for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, but it was fine after 12 months in the freezer. Don’t forget! Once frozen milk has been thawed you have 24 hours to use it before it needs to be tossed- even if you have it in the refrigerator.