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How Long Is My Milk Good For Once I've Pumped?

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Do you know how long milk is good for on the counter, in the fridge, or freezer. Here is a reminder of how long you can keep your breastmilk out for.


Room temperature (25°C [77°F] or colder) ⠀

⭐4 to 6 hours⠀

Insulated cooler bag (15°C [59°F]) ⠀

⭐24 hours⠀

Refrigerator (4°C [39°F]) ⠀

⭐3 to 8 days ⠀

Refrigerator freezer ( -18°C [0°F])⠀

⭐Up to 6 months⠀

Deep Freezer (separate freezer -20°C [-4°F])⠀

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🔸️Make sure to collect your milk under very clean conditions and sterilize pump parts every 24 hours. ⠀

🔸️If you have taken the milk out of the freezer to thaw, it is good in the fridge for 24 hours or on the counter for 1-2 hours. Do not refreeze breastmilk once it's been thawed! ⠀

🔸️If you have some milk leftover after a feed (baby didn't finish) use the milk within 2 hours after the finished feeding. ⠀

These guidelines are for healthy full-term babies and may vary for premature or sick babies. ⠀

Information and guidelines from Centers For Disease Control and HealthLink BC ⠀


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