Like any fresh food, pumped breast milk needs to be stored properly or it can spoil. And the last thing a pumping mother wants to do is throw out precious liquid gold. Or, even worse, sicken her child with milk which has gone bad.
Here are some guidelines to keep your pumped milk safe for baby.
ROOM TEMPERATURE: You can leave freshly expressed breast milk out at room temperature for up to 4 hours. (66° - 78° Fahrenheit)
REFRIGERATOR: Up to 4 days (make sure your refrigerator is set to 38° Fahrenheit or lower).
FREEZER: 6-8 months (with the freezer set between 0°- 4° Fahrenheit).
DEEP FREEZER: 8-12 months (with the deep freezer set between 0° to -5° Fahrenheit)
COOLER: 24 hours (with at least 3 ice packs; kept at approx. 59° Fahrenheit)