How can Breast Milk be Stored?
Storage of breast milk -
According to research, the ideal container for storing breast milk is glass or hard-sided plastic containers (plastic that is clear, not cloudy). These containers preserve all its nutrients and immune properties. The best bet would be to invest in plastic bags specially designed for freezing expressed human milk.
Shelf life of breast milk -
Scientists are of the opinion that when human milk is frozen it destroys some of the immune properties in it. Therefore it is best if the baby is given fresh milk i.e. milk that has been expressed and then refrigerated.
|Location of storage||Storage temperature (degrees Centigrade)||Duration|
|Room temperature||15 degrees C||24 hours|
|Room temperature||19-22 degrees C||10 hours|
|Room temperature||25 degrees C||4-6 hours|
|Refrigerator||0-4 degrees C||8 days|
|Self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator||3-4 months|
|Separate deep freeze with a constant temperature||-19 degrees C||6 months or longer|