Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:12 pm

If you’re committed to breastfeeding while working, expressing milk and storing it is a useful option. Expressed breast milk must be stored safely and hygienically. Milk can be left in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or you can generate a large store of milk by freezing it for up to three months.

Click here for tips on expressing breastmilk successfully. 

Snookums has the following tips for thawing frozen breastmilk safely:

  • Always defrost the oldest breastmilk first. Check the date and time written on each bag.
  • Thaw the frozen milk overnight in the fridge, or for immediate use, immerse the bag in warm (not hot) water until the milk is fully defrosted. Pour the milk into a sterilised feeding bottle, feeding cup or spoon.
  • Never thaw frozen milk at room temperature as this will enable bacteria to multiply in the milk.
  • Never thaw breastmilk in a microwave oven or boiling water. This will reduce the milk’s nutrients.
  • Only warm the milk after it has been defrosted.
  • Thawed milk can be stored in a fridge for up to 24 hours.
  • Discard any remaining milk. Don’t refreeze thawed or partially thawed breastmilk.

Handy products for breastmilk storage:

Snookums breast milk storage bag, R89.99 for 25 bags
Available online from www.takealot.com

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NUK breast milk container, R217
Available online from www.takealot.com 

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Spectra disposable breast milk storage bags, R109
Available online from www.takealot.com

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Tommee Tippee milk storage pots, R77 for 4
Available online from www.takealot.com 

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