Breast Milk Storage

How do I save my milk?

  • Store breast milk in clean storage containers or plastic bags made for breast milk storage
  • Date all milk that you pump and save
  • Fresh milk is good 4-6 hours on the counter (at normal room temperature), 3-8 days in a refrigerator and 6-12 months in a freezer (0-4┬║F)
  • Fresh milk is good for 24 hours in a cooler
  • Thaw frozen milk in a bowl of warm water or overnight in the refrigerator. Use the oldest milk first. (once thawed, swirl/jiggle milk to mix, do not shake vigorously)
  • Thawed milk is good 24 hours in the refrigerator and should be used 24 hours after thawing
  • Do not microwave breast milk

Please call Allen Hospital's Lactation Consultant with questions at (319) 235-3620.