|Freshly expressed into a closed container||6-8 hours (26oC or lower).
If refrigeration is available, store milk there.
|No more than 72 hours. Store in the back, where it is coldest||2 weeks in freezer compartment inside refrigerator (-15 oC)
3 months in freezer section of refrigerator with separate door (-18 oC)
6 – 12 months in deep freeze (-20 oC)*
|Previously frozen – thawed in refrigerator and not warmed||4 hours or less (ie the next feed)||Store in refrigerator 24 hours||Do not refreeze|
|Thawed outside refrigerator in warm water||For completion of feed||Hold for 4 hours or until next feed||Do not refreeze|
|Infant has begun feeding||Only for the completion of the feed, then discard||Discard||Discard|
*Chest or upright manual defrost deep freezer that is opened infrequently and maintains ideal temperature
Reproduced from National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, ‘Infant Feeding Guidelines’, NHMRC, Canberra p59.
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