Human Milk Storage - Quick Reference Guide*
|Warm room (79°F)||4-6 hours|
|Normal room temp (66-72°F)||10 hours|
|Insulated Cooler with ice pack (50-60°F)||24 hours|
|Freshly pumped||8 days|
|Thawed from frozen||24 hours|
|Freezer (never refreeze!)**|
|Typical freezer (30°F)||3-6 months|
|Deep freezer (0°F)||6-12 months|
*These guidelines are intended only for a healthy, full term baby!
**For best results, store milk in the back of the refrigerator or freezer, away from the door.
How do I know my milk is still good?
This one is simple, the same way you know that cow's milk is still good, by smell! Breastmilk that is too old or 'bad' will have a strong sour/spoiled smell and should be thrown away. If it smells fine, it's safe to use.