Breast milk storage guidelines
Keep it cool, or toss it out-
How to safely store your breast milk
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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