Breastfeeding Tips: Freezing Breast Milk

Breastfeeding Tips: Freezing Breast Milk
How to freeze breast milk for breastfeeding moms

First let’s celebrate that you have breast milk to freeze! (Go Girl!) Here are some tips to make freezing your breast milk a little easier. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. I am grateful for your support of this site in this way.

Tips on Freezing Breast Milk for Breastfeeding Moms

  1. Use bags instead of bottles. While bottles are totally okay, trust me I used bottles for the first month or two until I discovered how easy it was to thaw a bag of breast milk instead of a bottle. Bags take up less space. I loved the Lansinoh Storage Bags for storing breast milk.

    Easy Way to Freeze Breast Milk

  2. Store your milk in the middle of the freezer. Like most food and beverage items, storing in the middle of the freezer will help keep the milk at a consistent temperature as opposed to the freezer door.
  3. Store in a deep freezer. So I know most people may not have that option, but if you have one use it. Your milk can stay frozen for up to a year in a deep freezer. While breast milk stored in a normal freezer is good for up to 6 months. (Read more about how long you can freeze your milk here).  If you’re interested in buying a deep freezer check your local newspaper for one. You can find a used deep freezer in really good condition for a fraction of the cost.
  4. Don’t fill storage containers all the way to the top. Milk expands as it freezes so it’s good to leave a little room.
  5. Freeze smaller quantities of breast milk. I would recommend freezing 2 to 4 ounces per bag or bottle. Freezing less may prevent you from thawing milk that doesn’t get used.

Bonus Tip: Make sure you seal and close your containers tight. There is nothing like spilling freshly pumped milk on the counter/sink/floor. (I’ve done this)

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