Breastmilk Storage Guidelines


1) Freshly expressed into a closed container

2) Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator and not warmed

3) Thawed outside refrigerator in warm water

4) Infant has begun feeding

Room Temperature

1) 6-8 hours (26oC or lower).If refrigeration is available, store milk there.

2) 4 hours or less (ie the next feed)

3) For completion of feed

4) Only for the completion of the feed, then discard


1) No more than 72 hours. Store in the back, where it is coldest

2) Store in refrigerator 24 hours

3) Hold for 4 hours or until next feed

4) Discard


1) 2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15 oC)3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18 oC)6 – 12 months in deep freeze (-20 oC)*

2) Do not refreeze

3) Do not refreeze

4) Discard