How long is breast milk good in the fridge?

Maxine - posted on 11/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I heard so many different comments about how long breast milk is good for in the fridge. So can anyone elaborate exactly how long (hours/days) can breast milk be stored in the fridge?


Lindsey - posted on 11/15/2009




all the answers are different. wic, as well as the hospital breastfeeding specialist, as well as the medela ( say this

breastmilk storage guidelines (for healthy term babies)

freshly expressed milk at room temp 66-72degrees is good for 4 hours. ***in my opinion if you leave milk out for more than 4 hours that you just pumped it starts to settle, and smell.. its like how long would you leave out milk that you drink.

cooler with 3 icepacks 59 degrees for 24 hours,

in the fridge breast milk is good for 5-7 days, fridge freezer for 3-4 months and deep freezer for 6-12 months

thawed breastmilk that was frozen: do not REFREEZE, and milk that is out from the freezer is only good for 24 hours.

hope this is helpful, everything that i have read is 4 hours for fresh milk. i think that 10 would be way too long.

Rebecca - posted on 11/14/2009




Fresh pumped milk can be stored at:

Room temp for 10hrs

In a cooler with ice pack for 24hrs

In the fridge for 7-10 days

In a freezer inside the fridge 3 months

In a freezer (with its own compartment) 6 months, but do not store on the door

In a chest freezer or deep freeze 12 months

Dusty - posted on 11/14/2009




This is from the back of my Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage bags:

At room temp. (66-72F) 10 hours

In a refridgerator (32-39F) 8 days

In a freezer compartment in a refridgerator - 2 weeks

In a freezer compartment with a separate door - 3-4 months

In a separate deep freeze (0 F) 6 months or longer

You can also check out to see how long breast milk is good for in the fridge.

Heather - posted on 11/14/2009




According to the american academy of pediatrics breast milk can set at room temp for 5 hours, refrig for 5 days, freezer section for 5 months, deep freezer for 12 months


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Elizabeth - posted on 11/15/2009




In New Zealand, we get instructed that it can be left at room temp for 4 hrs, in the back of the fridge for 48hrs (minus any time that it was at room temp) and in the freezer for 3-6 mths (depending on freezer type).

When I buy *pasteurised* cows milk, it's usually good for a week to 10 days. I'm not sure what about breast milk would mean that it would last as long in the fridge without being similarly treated?

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