Your Breastmilk Storage Guide (Infographic)

Breastfeeding is probably one of the most intimate moments you will spend time with your little one. But at some point you will no longer be at your baby’s beck-and-call — like when it’s time to go back to work, or when you need to go out urgently. That’s when pumping comes to the rescue. Your baby won’t be denied his food, someone else in the family can enjoy feeding him and you can take a break — it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

However, once breastmilk has been expressed, it has to be handled and stored properly to ensure that it doesn’t go rancid too fast. The last thing we want is for your precious liquid gold to go to waste, right? If you’re worried you may be mishandling your milk, follow our simple guidelines in this handy chart.

 

More breastmilk storage tips and tricks…

  • Store milk in portions your baby will eat to avoid any wastage. 60ml to 150ml in each container is ideal.
  • If you’re combining milk from several pumping sessions, label it with the date of the oldest milk.
  • If you’re adding freshly expressed breastmilk to an already frozen stash, make sure it’s been cooled, as adding warm milk to a cool or frozen stash can thaw the milk.
  • If you’re sending breastmilk to your baby’s infant or childcare centre, make sure to label all containers with your baby's name clearly to avoid any mix-ups.
  • Don’t fill storage bags to the brim, as breastmilk expands when frozen. This might cause the containers or bags to break or tear.
  • Don’t worry if you notice your breastmilk has separated, it’s normal. The creamy hindmilk will usually rise to the top. Before feeding or warming up, swirl the milk to mix it all back together. Never shake it, as it will introduce air bubbles which can give your munchkin gas.