A Question about Breast Milk

Okay, wow. I must be a mom or something.

So I have milk in the freezer that is four months old.  I have probably 50 bags or so of frozen milk.

{Dad, you can stop reading now.}

So far, I haven’t used any.  I just pump before I go to work.  I’m not sure if it’s safe to keep the older milk longer in the freezer or if I should do something else with it? I have no need for it right now, but might later. How long does it really last in the freezer? It’s in a freezer above a fridge.  I’ve read anywhere from 4-12 months.

If it is bad or going bad very soon- what should I do with it??

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

12 thoughts on “A Question about Breast Milk

  1. I have the same problem. Heaps of milk but no use for it cos I just feed/pump on that day.
    Is there donation banks in alaska? And if so would there be some kind of screening process? I am in NSW Australia and would have to do some research but don't think we have any close by?….

  2. I use kellymom as my reference. Check there. Check milkshare for donating.

    I think its not so much that the milk is bad, but not appropriate for your boy. Composition changes as they grow.

  3. Hello.

    Breast milk can be stored in the freezer up to 6 months, no more than that. Ideally you should use it in 3 months because breast milk changes over time according to your baby needs. You can do one of two things:

    1- donate (great idea)
    2- renew the breat milk you have in the freezer. Store the one you pump in the morning and giving him the one in the freezer. As soon as you have your stock in the freezer, you should continue giving him the milk you pump before you go to work.

    Hope I have helped.


  4. You could donate or start using them make kid friendly smoothies with fruit. I think 6 months in above the fridge freezer and 12 months in a deep freeze. Could use to teach how to drink in a cup as well.

  5. My lactation consultant told me to use the “Rule of 6” – BM can stay 6 hours at room temp, 6 days in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer.

  6. haha samantha, i think jill meant teaching joshua to drink from a cup.

    you can use it to mix with babyfood, cereal, make smoothies like someone else mentioned. even thaw it and let lucas drink it.

  7. I too believe it will only keep for 6months and I know that the human milk bank is very short on milk right now!! I would donate it!

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