How to Donate Breast Milk: Storing Your Milk
Storage is an important part of the process of learning how to donate breast milk.
Tips for storing your pumped milk
- Milk storage bags are okay, but rigid plastic containers are BEST! The bags sometimes leak and can cause loss of some of the milk fat.
- The milk bank provides rigid plastic containers to our donors, and all collection sites have them available for you when you drop off your milk.
- Collect your milk and store it in your freezer until you are ready to drop off the next deposit.
- Let us know if freezer space is a problem for you – we can help with delivery and storage arrangements.
- Typically you may store your milk for three to four months in a freezer, or up to seven months in a deep freeze, before delivering it to the Milk Bank. But give us a call if you have questions about your milk.
- Leave ½ inch at the top of the container for the milk to expand as it freezes.
- Refrigerate or freeze your milk within 30 minutes of pumping. You may refrigerate your milk for up to 24 hours before freezing.
- Check freezer temperatures regularly in case power outages or door being left open.
Need more milk storage containers? Let us know.