How long can breastmilk sit out at room temperature?
Dr Chinen Rina, a paediatrician from the Japanese Society of Paediatrics, advises from experience that it is safer if untouched breast milk is left at room temperature for four hours or less. If it’s been longer than four hours, you need to throw it out.If you know you’re not going to use the milk during that time and your baby hasn’t sipped from it yet, just stick it in the fridge.
How long can breastmilk stay in the fridge?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, once you've put breastmilk in the refrigerator, it can stay there for up to eight days.However, according to professionals, it is best to use milk within the first four days, when its fat, digestive enzyme activity and anti-infective benefits are at their peak. To keep the milk cold, be sure to store it on the bottom shelf at the back of the fridge, not in the door.