Breast milk storage guidelines

Breast milk storage guidelines

Keep it cool, or toss it out

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

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

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