How to Store Pumped Breast Milk at Work

Q: Where do I store my milk while I am at work?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the conversation you had about pumping accommodations with your employer (see question 2). Your employer may offer a communal refrigerator or a mini-fridge to store your milk in. If no fridge is available, a cooler or soft-sided storage device with ice packs can keep milk cool while you’re at work. If you’re in a pinch and do not have access to a refrigerator or cooler, research suggests that freshly expressed breast milk will remain safe unrefrigerated for 3-8 hours depending on room temperature.

 

Back to Work Breastfeeding GuideGoing back to work and breastfeeding? This question is part of Breastfeed Chicago’s Ultimate Back-to-Work Breastfeeding Guide. Read the full guide to help the transition go smoothly!

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