• Breastmilk

    Room Temperature

    Refrigeration

    Freezer

    Freshly expressed into a closed container

    6-8 hrs (26C or lower). If refrigeration is available, store milk there.

    No more than 72 hours. Store in the back where its coldest.

    2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15C)
    3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18C)6-12 months in deep freeze (-20C*)

    Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator but not warmed

    4 hours or less (ie the next feed)

    Store in refrigerator 24 hours

    Do not refreeze

    Thawed outside refrigerator in warm water

    For completion of feed

    Hold for 4 hours or until next feed

    Do not refreeze

    Infant has begun feeding

    Only for the completion of the feed, then discard

    Discard

    Discard

    *Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature

    Information reproduced from National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, Infant Feeding Guidelines NHMRC, Canberra p59