BMSG(S)'s Guidelines on
Storage of Expressed Breastmilk
Revised Guidelines - December 1999
Taking into account Singapore's tropical climate, the following are
BMSG(S)'s guidelines on the Storage of Expressed Breastmilk.
These guidelines are very much more conservative than those recommended
by several international studies. Working mothers who need to express and
store breastmilk should evaluate their own storage facilities based on
all available information.
MILK AT ROOM TEMPERATURE (17-32 Deg C) - to be Refridgerated as soon
REFRIGERATED MILK - Up to 48 hours
(study by Pardou 1994, found that mature milk can be kept for 8 days
at 0 to 4 deg C. A check with Local Fridge Companies in Singapore revealed
that the Temprature of the Refridgerator Section of a 2-Door Fridge varies
between 3 to 6 degrees C.).
FROZEN MILK in Separate Door Compartment - Up to 2 Months
(The Breastfeeding Answer Book by LLLI, says that breastmilk in a self-contained
freezer unit of a refrigerator can be kept for 3 to 4 months. And in a
separate deep freezer at -19 degrees C for 6 months or longer.)
Other Articles that may be helpful are:
Human Milk Storage Information
Concerns When Storing Human Milk
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