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Nov 18, 2016 16:22 PM

Thank you for your question about storing breastmilk in the fridge.

You can store breast milk in a sterilised container or in special breast milk storage bags:

in the fridge for up to five days at 4C or lower (you can buy cheap fridge thermometers online)
for two weeks in the ice compartment of a fridge
for up to six months in a freezer
Breast milk that's been cooled in the fridge can be carried in a cool bag with ice packs for up to 24 hours.

Storing breast milk in small quantities will help to avoid waste. If you're freezing it, make sure you label and date it first.

Defrosting frozen breast milk

Breast milk that's been frozen is still good for your baby and is better than formula milk.

It's best to defrost frozen milk slowly in the fridge before giving it to your baby. If you need to use it straightaway you can defrost it by putting it in a jug of warm water or holding it under running warm water.

Once it's defrosted, use it straightaway. Don't re-freeze milk that has been defrosted.

Warming breast milk

You can feed expressed milk straight from the fridge if your baby is happy to drink it cold. Or you can warm the milk to body temperature by putting the bottle in a jug of warm water or holding it under running warm water.

Once your baby has drunk from a bottle of breast milk it should be used within the hour and anything left over thrown away.

Don't use a microwave to heat up or defrost breast milk. This can cause hot spots, which can burn your baby's mouth.

Hope this information is helpful,

Katherine Fisher IBCLC