Are ants attracted to breast milk? [Explained]

As a new breastfeeding mom, there are many things to worry about.

One of the biggest worries is when you notice pests on or close to your baby’s feeding bottle or breast pump kit. And more often than not, you may notice ants coming closer to your breast pump kit or disposable breast milk containers, which brings us to today’s topic – are ants attracted to breast milk? 

Let’s find out!

Are ants attracted to breast milk?

Yes, ants are attracted to breast milk because of the sweetness of the milk. While there have been no scientific studies on this subject, anecdotal experience points to the fact that ants are attracted to breast milk. Follow the tips mentioned in the next section to keep your baby’s breast milk safe from ants. 

Tips to store breast milk safely away from ants

To ensure that your breast milk is stored safely away from ants, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

First, make sure that the storage container is clean and sterile, and wipe any spilled breast milk from the surface to avoid attracting ants. 

Second, breast milk should be stored in the refrigerator and used within 48 hours. Do not leave it out on surfaces that ants can easily access. Eg; close to a window sill.

Finally, when reheating breast milk, be sure to do so slowly and gently to avoid destroying the nutrients in the milk, and clean and store away the containers immediately to avoid attracting ants. 

How to get rid of ants

There are a few things you can do to get rid of ants. One is to figure out where they are coming from and block their entry point. Another is to set out bait for them that they will take back to their nest, which will then kill the rest of the colony. You can also try spraying them with a mixture of water and vinegar.

Tips to clean your breast pump kit

It’s important to keep your breast pump kit clean to prevent the spread of bacteria. Here are some tips on how to clean your breast pump kit:

1. Disassemble all parts of the kit and rinse them with warm water

2. Use a mild soap and a soft brush to clean all parts of the kit, paying special attention to any nooks and crannies.

3. Rinse all parts of the kit thoroughly with warm water.

4. Allow all parts of the kit to air dry completely before reassembling and store it away in cool, dry place.

5. Sterilize all parts of the kit at least once a day.


Ants are attracted to breast milk, so follow the tips mentioned in this article to keep your breast milk safe from ants.