• Breastmilk Room Temperature Refrigerator Freezer
    Freshly expressed into a closed container 6-8 hours (26oC or lower).
    If refrigeration is available, store milk there.
    No more than 72 hours. Store in the back, where it is coldest 2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15 oC)


    3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18 oC)

    6 – 12 months in deep freeze (-20 oC)*

    Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator and 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

    Reproduced from National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, ‘Infant Feeding Guidelines’, NHMRC, Canberra p59.

  • Breastmilk is the most precious gift a mother can give her baby, providing nutrients necessary for healthy growth and antibodies that protect your baby from disease. The time spent breastfeeding also helps to foster a stronger bond with your baby.


    The benefits are so great, that Health Professionals recommend that your baby should be fed exclusively breastmilk from birth to six months, and then that breastmilk be given in addition to solid foods until at least 12 months.


    Breastfeeding is such an important part of the amazing journey of motherhood. Our colleagues in Singapore have put together a comprehensive website that covers a variety of topics relating to breastfeeding, including:

    • Learning about the wonders of breastmilk
    • Hints for continual Breastfeeding
    • What should I do? (Mother’s edition)
    • What should I do (Baby edition)
    • To First Time fathers

    Pigeon Breastfeeding Advisor (opens a new tab)

    PDF LINK: Click Here for the Pigeon Breastfeeding Book which you can read on screen, print or download!