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Babies Encyclopedia: How long can breast milk be stored for in the freezer?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 12:57 PM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Frozen breastmilk can be stored three to six months, depending on the temperature of the freezer and frequency of freezer door openings. Deep freezers, or chest freezers afford the longest freezing time because of they usually have lower and more consistent temperatures. Do not store breastmilk on a freezer or refrigerator door, since that's where the widest temperature variations occur

    Answer by buddahbum at 12:58 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Storage Time in Different Freezer Compartments:

    Freezer contained within a refrigerator : Up to 2 weeks
    Bottom, top mount, side-by-side or stand alone freezer : 3 to 4 months
    Deep Freeze with a constant 0 degrees F temperature : 6 to 12 months

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 1:06 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I was taught six days in the fridge, six hours at room temp, six months in the freezer, by my lactation consultant.

    Always remember, first in, first out.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:07 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • •Two weeks in a freezer compartment inside a refrigerator

    •Three months in a self-defrosting freezer (store away from the door)

    •Six months in a deep freeze that maintains a constant 0 degrees F (-19 degrees C)

    Answer by MTM at 1:38 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • According to most guidelines:
    In a freezer compartment up to 2 weeks, in a freezer, up to 3-4 months, in deep freezer up to 6-12 months. In a fridge up to 2-8 days depending on the temperature setting. At room temperature: up to 4-8 hours pending on the temperature of the room. (The warmer it is, the less likely it will keep).

    Once thawed must be used within 24 hours can can't be refrozen.


    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:41 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • 3-4 months

    Answer by UnprfctSAHMto2 at 2:02 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • freezer in fridge -around 2 weeks
    stand alone freezer - 3 - 4 months
    Deep Freeze - 6 - 12 months

    Answer by RodeoGirlUSA1 at 2:13 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • 3 months in a freezer
    6 months in a deep freezer
    Once it's thawed it should be used in 24 hours.

    Answer by Noni2319 at 5:01 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I always thought it was about 2 months in the freezer, and two weeks in the fridge.

    Answer by my2.5boys at 10:46 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I was told Up to a year in a deep freezer and 3 to 6 months in a frige freezer. 2 weeks in the refridgerater nd 4 hours in room temputure

    Answer by Mrs.RD at 6:42 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

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