BREASTMILK STORAGE – IT’S ALL ABOUT GEOGRAPHY

How on earth can there be so many different guidelines for breastmilk storage and within those guidelines different answers to the following questions:

How long does breastmilk last on the counter?
How long can I store breastmilk in the fridge?
How long does breastmilk keep in the freezer, and which kind of freezer?

If you go onto blogs and mommy sites on the internet these numbers may change depending on where the blogger lives! For example, those who live in warmer climates can’t leave their breastmilk on the counter as long as us northerners can! So it’s important to have the right information.

The Best Start Resource called Breastfeeding Matters goes over breastmilk storage for our climate and area. It is produced in Canada and our hospital, midwifery clinics and the Sudbury and District Health Unit all refer to it. Within the resource you will find this infographic on page 29:

With this resource we can all be on the same page when it comes to breastmilk storage an no longer worry if we are doing it correctly!

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