If you are pumping breast milk, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe milk supply. Always wash your hands before pumping or handling any pump equipment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the care and cleaning of the pump and accessories.
Freshly pumped milk
Thawed milk (Previously frozen)
- Store up to 6 hours at room temperature
- Store up to 72 hours in the refrigerator
- Store up to 3 months in home freezer
- Store up to 6 months in deep freezer
- Do not store at room temperature
- Store up to 24 hours in refrigerator
- Do not refreeze thawed milk
Because the properties of breast milk change throughout the lactation phases, it is advisable to use the milk within 30 days of freezing it. All frozen milk should be labeled and dated. It is suggested that breast milk be frozen in quantities of 2-4 ounces to avoid wasting thawed milk. Breast milk should be thawed at room temperature or under running water, starting with cool water and increasing the water temperature until the milk has thawed.