Storing Your Milk

Tips for storing your pumped milk

  • Collect your milk and store it in your freezer until you are ready to drop or ship off your next deposit.
  • Let us know if freezer space is a problem for you – we can help with delivery, shipping and/or storage arrangements.
  • Follow the fill lines on manufactured breast milk bags. Do not fill past the manufacturer’s fill lines on breast milk bags.
  • Typically you may store your milk for three months in a refrigerator freezer, or up to six months in a deep freezer before delivering it to the Milk Bank.
  • Leave at least ½ inch at the top of a hard plastic container for the milk to expand as it freezes. Follow the fill lines on manufactured breast milk bags. DO NOT OVERFILL.
  • Refrigerate or freeze milk that you know you want to donate within 30 minutes of pumping. You may refrigerate your milk for up to 24 hours before freezing if you think you may need it for your own infant.
  • Check freezer temperatures regularly in case of a power failure.