“How to store breastmilk” “How long does breastmilk last in the fridge?” “How long can breastmilk last at room temperature?”
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How long can breastmilk last at room temperature?
That’s a tricky question, it depends on where you live. In general, as stated by the Australian Breastfeeding Association for 26 Celsius or lower, breastmilk can last from 6-8 hours. However, if you’re staying somewhere that is hotter than 26 celsius, the time will be shorter.
Storing Breastmilk in Insulated Cooler
If you pump at the office, bringing bags of milk back home, during the time of traveling you can put the milk in an insulated cooler temporarily. Those insulated cooler bags really come in handy when you’re traveling, I personally think it is a must-buy!
Storing Breastmilk in the Freezer
It’s a good idea to store some of your milk in the freezer for emergencies. Keep in mind that in a negative 15-degree freezer, you can store your milk for around 2 weeks. If you wish to keep it for longer, consider investing in a deep freezer (-20 degree) so you can store it for up to half a year.
*It is best not to store milk at the doors, as the temperature is usually unstable, store at the back instead. This applies to the fridge and freezer.
Can I refreeze thawed milk?
No, never refreeze thawed milk. According to the CDC, you should use thawed milk/ milk brought to room temperature within 2 hours.
When handling breastmilk…
Don’t forget to wash your hands with water and soap before and after handling breastmilk! Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Sanitise your bottles or any pumping equipment properly, prevent any contamination from happening.
What to do with excess breastmilk?
Some workshops can turn your breastmilk into beautiful necklaces. Send your liquid gold to them and they will turn it into jewelry you can keep forever. Some mums are planning to give the jewelry to their daughter as a gift.
Water the Plants
Water your plants with your breastmilk! Some say the plants grow faster when you water with breastmilk, never tried it myself though.
There are so many breastmilk soap DIY tutorials on YouTube nowadays. Make your own soap that benefits the whole family!
It’s really simple, just add in breastmilk in the bathtub, mix it with warm water. However, some mums say they don’t really enjoy the smell of thawed breastmilk mixing with water.