How long does expressed breast milk last?
Well that depends entirely on how you store it.
What type of container should I store breast milk in?
You can store expressed breast milk in
How do I store breast milk?
You can store it in a cooler, in the fridge in the freezer or in the deep freeze.
Check out our breast milk storage guide here
How do I prepare expressed breast milk?
If breast milk is frozen, then you can thaw it in the fridge. Be aware that this method does take quite a while to defrost so you can also put it into a jug of warm water if you need it to thaw faster.
Heating breast milk
Put the breast milk into a sterilised bottle and place that into a mug of hot water. Make sure you give it a bit of a swoosh around because you may find that it has separated and that's ok - it does that when the fat rises to the top.
The temperature is right when it feels warm on the inside of your wrist when you shake a few drops on.
It's not recommend to microwave breastmilk because it destroys all the goodness!
Our kids liked breastmilk at room temperature rather than heated and on a hot day they were known to have it cold.