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As for collection, the requirements for storing expressed breast milk are more stringent for sick or pre-term infants in hospital than for healthy infants at home. The literature review identified evidence suggesting that the maximum storage time of expressed breast milk under clean conditions in a refrigerator at 0 – 4°c is 96 hours (evidence grade c).
*please note that breast milk storage guidelines vary
The ABM (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine) has recently updated its protocol for storing breast milk for home use. The safety measures for storing expressed breast milk outlined in these guidelines are consistent with the recent ABM protocol. Breast milk can be stored in glass or plastic containers, including sealable plastic bags. Freshly expressed milk that is being refrigerated or frozen should be stored in a new container rather than added to previously refrigerated or frozen milk.
Guide to storing expressed breast milk at home:
*Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature.
Expressing and Storing Breast Milk gratefully reproduced by permission. National Health and medical Research council (2012) Infant Feeding Guidelines. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council.