Fillers Q&A

Saving expressed breast milk

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1338 (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1338

Question

How long does expressed breast milk last? Should it be kept in a refrigerator?

Priyankara C D Atapattu, registered medical officer, Wlasmull, Sri Lanka

Answer

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) recently investigated this issue (Hands A. Safe storage of expressed breast milk in the home. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 2003;13: 378-85).

“Current guidelines for the safe storage of expressed breast milk (EBM) were found to be inconsistent and confusing, ranging from 24 hours to 8 days in the fridge. Primary research showed EBM could delay bacterial growth, keeping it safer for longer than processed milk. Freezing affects these …

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