Last Updated on Sep 20, 2019

How can Breast Milk be Stored?

Sometimes social, work related, psychological and personal reasons prevent mothers from being able to breastfeed the child. In such cases breast milk can be expressed manually or with a breast pump, stored under optimum conditions and given to the infant when needed.

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 storageStorage temperature (degrees Centigrade)Duration
Room temperature15 degrees C24 hours
Room temperature19-22 degrees C10 hours
Room temperature25 degrees C4-6 hours
Refrigerator0-4 degrees C8 days
Freezer 2 weeks
Self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator 3-4 months
Separate deep freeze with a constant temperature-19 degrees C6 months or longer

When the need for transportation arises it is best to do it in insulated containers, so that the condition of the milk remains the same.


Esau04 Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Breast milk contains all the water and nutrients that an infant needs to satisfy hunger, thirst, and growth.

fionalangsharpe Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wow can't believe you would allow a formula add to run with this article. Constantly undermining women with adds like these decreases the rates of breastfeeding. Increases the health risks to our children. Please reconsider your advertising. Thank you

koffi Tuesday, August 23, 2011

breast milk is always ready at all time for the baby, it does not take time for it to be prepared,it does not have a money value,available always at the right temperature not too hot or not too cold,free from microbes,

s_mayur Thursday, March 31, 2011

please let me know what is the normal time taken for the milk to come into the breast after delivery. rgds Mayur Deshmukh

abeer19 Saturday, November 6, 2010

only????? is it related to genes? if non brothers feed from the same mother does this affect their biological cells or genes?

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