Facts About Freshness

Many people don't know how or when breast milk and formula expire… or how much it truly matters. The risks of feeding your baby spoiled or expired milk ranges from seriously uncomfortable to seriously dangerous! Here are a few of the risks…

  • Low-quality nutrition
  • Food poisoning
  • Upset stomach
  • Spitting up or vomiting
  • Colic
  • Fever
  • Infection

Babies, especially infants, have very sensitive tummies and immune systems. That’s why at Veba we take freshness really, really seriously!

Formula & Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

All guidelines shown here, and tracked with the Veba, are in accordance with the best science we have available — the CDC and WHO guidelines for formula and breastmilk expiration.

Storage Locations and Temperatures

Countertop
77°F (25°C or colder)
Refrigerator
40°F (4°C)
Freezer
0°F (-18°C or colder)
Breast Milk
Freshly expressed or pumped
Upto 4 hours Upto 4 days Within 6 months is best
Within 12 months is okay
Thawed, Previously frozen Upto 1-2 hours Upto 1 day Never refreeze human milk after thawed
Leftover from feeding
Use within 2 after the baby is finished feeding
Formula
Freshly made
Upto 2 hours 24 hours Do not freeze formula
Left over from feeding
Throw out any formula that's left in the bottle after first feeding.

Did you know?

Once your baby drinks from a bottle, saliva mixes with the milk. This causes accelerated bacterial growth which speeds up milk expiration!

Ready for More?

To learn in depth about breast milk and formula freshness, storage, and expiration, visit our blog, The Sip! Here are a few can’t-miss guides to get you started:

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines, According to the Experts The Veba Guide to Freshness

Never Cry Over Spoiled Milk — Again!

We know keeping track of everything milk expiration (on top of everything else you’ve got going on) can be totally overwhelming. But with Veba, you’ll never have to worry about freshness again! Peace of mind is just a shake away…