How Long Does Breast Milk Last Out Of The Fridge


Do you know how long the breast milk lasts in the refrigerator?

The breast milk is an essential food in feeding a newborn.


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The stage of lactation is the most important for the newborn because of the mother’s milk. It has great nutritional benefits that will allow the child to grow strong, healthy and strengthen their immune system.

The breast milk is for some mothers much better than the famous formulas sold in supermarkets or pharmacies. This is because the baby makes digestion easier. In addition, the bond between mother and son is strengthened.


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However, breastfeeding can be tiring and painful for the mother’s breasts. So some mothers resort to expressing breast milk to store it in the refrigerator and then use it to feed the baby.

Despite being a good idea. Some mothers have doubts about the duration of the food in the fridge. Because some think that the longer it is frozen. The milk loses its quality and nutritional values.

How to preserve breast milk?


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Therefore, we tell you about some ways to preserve breast milk in the refrigerator, according to the Kids Health portal.

The milk you extract can be refrigerated or frozen.

– For better conservation, you can protect the milk in transparent bottles with airtight lids.

– It is recommended to label each bottle with the date of milk extraction.

– You can also add freshly expressed breast milk to the one that is frozen.

How long should breast milk be stored in the refrigerator?


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– If stored at room temperature, breast milk can last between 6 to 8 hours. As long as it does not exceed 25 ° C.

–  breast milk stored in the upper part of the refrigerator. The milk can last an average of five days. Taking into account that the temperature is between 0 and 3.9 ° C.

– If it is a common freezer, it can be kept for up to 2 weeks.

– If you are going to store it in a freezer, between 3 to 6 months. As long as it is at 18 ° C.

How do I thaw breast milk?


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You can do it in two ways.

1. Remove the container from the freezer and let it thaw for 24 hours. Then you can heat it in a pot.

2. Another way to do it is by placing the container over a pot of hot water until it thaws. Keep in mind that milk must consume in a time not longer than 24 hours.

If you have doubts or want more information about breastfeeding and breast milk. We advise you to go with a specialist. They will advise you and solve all your doubts.


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