Freezing unused milk

Ashley - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




As far as freezing breast milk, do I have to freeze it right after it is pumped or can I store it in the fridge for a day or two and then freeze it?


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Allison - posted on 03/28/2009




According to Kellymom ( - look under breastfeeding, then Pumping Moms, then Milk Handling and Storage), you can store breastmilk in the fridge up to 8 days. Milk can be frozen up to 3-6 months in a normal freezer or longer in a deep freeze.

I would think that if the milk is still good in the fridge, it should be ok to freeze at any time during the 8 day period.

Just an FYI - never shake up the milk - just swish enough to get the solid parts that have separated to the top back into the milk. Also, never head breastmilk (or formula, for that matter) in a microwave. Instead, warm to room temp on the counter or run under warm tap water.

Cindy - posted on 03/28/2009




According to Medela and the LC I work with you can refrigerate milk for 8 days before you need to freeze it. Then it's good in the freezer for 3-6 months depending on the type of freezer. Once you thaw it it's only good for 24 hours before you need to throw it.

Shelley - posted on 03/28/2009




Hi there, you can refrigerate expressed milk up to 24 hours thereafter you either need to use it or freeze it ... you can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. good luck!

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