While guidelines vary, it is generally agreed upon that at room temperature, you can safely leave breast milk out for up ten hours. If you're storing your milk in the fridge, it can be safely stored up to eight days.
If storing milk in an average freezer that has its own door, it safe to store milk for up to three to four months. Using a deep freezer would extend safe storage use up to 6 months. Now that you know how to safely store your liquid gold, it’s time to go over all of the different techniques to keep it prepped and ready for your little one!
Breast Milk Storage Bags
The most popular way that mamas store their milk is by using breast milk storage bags. Most breast pump manufacturers make their own storage bag, and for the most part, they are pretty much the same when it comes to material and size.
Storage bags are very useful for moms who want to compartmentalize their milk into one area of the freezer because they essentially flatten out as they freeze, and as a result do not take up much space. They can be easily stacked against each other and withstand cold temperatures. Breast milk storage bags also create a simple way to heat up frozen breast milk. They can be placed in the refrigerator to thaw or can be ran under hot water.
If you are looking for a good resource to check out how other moms have creatively organized their breast milk storage bags, check out Pinterest. From clear storage containers found at Target to old soda pop boxes, it is amazing to see how imaginative pumping mamas can be!
Bottles and Containers
Breastfeeding moms may also choose to store their breast milk in storage containers. When you think of a storage container, think of a bottle without the nipple. Instead of the nipple, storage containers are sealed up with cap as to not let any milk out. The only downside to using storage containers to collect your milk is that they can quickly take up space in a freezer or refrigerator. However, storage containers are pretty inexpensive, available for purchase online, and most double electric breast pump kits through insurance come with a couple containers for free.
In Case of Oversupply
While you may not consider these techniques to store breast milk, there are many other beneficial ways to use your breast milk if you have an oversupply. You can use extra milk to make freezer pops for your little teethers and you can even incorporate breast milk into yummy recipes when your child starts eating solids. Many moms swear by breast milk’s healing properties on cuts, rashes and curing illnesses too.
However you decide to store your breast milk, be careful to do it correctly…we know all how important that liquid gold is!