Breast milk storage guidelines

Breast milk storage guidelines

Keep it cool, or toss it out


How to safely store your breast milk

Breast milk storage

Food safety is essential! Both breast milk and formula should only be kept cold.

It can last

  • At room temperature – 1 to 2 hours
  • In refrigerator – 2 days
  • In freezer – 2 weeks or 2 months (if your freezer has a separate door)
    • Never refreeze breast milk. Label with date, and use oldest milk first.

Store in 2-4 oz portions to avoid waste.

Discard leftover breast milk.

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN