Breast Milk Storage Guidelines For Term and Premature Infants

Breast Milk Storage Guidelines For Term and Premature Infants

Breast Milk Storage Guidelines For Term Infants

Fresh milk is good at room temperature for 4-6 hours.

Fresh milk is good in the refrigerator (39 degrees F) for 3-5 days.

Fresh milk can be frozen (0 degrees F or colder) for up to 6 months; 12 months if you have a deep freezer (-4 degrees F).

Once frozen milk is thawed you have 24 hours to use it.

Store breast milk in small batches, only 2-4 oz/bag.


Breast Milk Storage Guidelines For Premature Infants

If your baby is born prematurely or in the NICU, the guidelines for breast milk storage change.

Fresh milk is good at room temperature: 1-4 hours

Refrigerated milk: 2 days if fresh, 24 hours if thawed

Freezer: 3 months

Deep Freezer: 6 months


Sources:

California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC). Nutritional Support of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant Toolkit. Palo Alto, CA: CPQCC, 2008.

Arnold LDW, ed. Recommendations for collection storage, and handling of a mother’s milk for her own infant in the hospital setting. West Hartford, CT: Human Milk Banking Association of North America; 1999.

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