Breast milk storage .... what do you need to know?

Breast milk storage .... what do you need to know?

If you're breastfeeding and you have to leave to work, you may need to  consider using a breast pump. Accordingly by starting breast pump, it's important to know how to safely store your milk.

What kind of container should I use to store the breast pumped milk?

Before handling the breast pumped milk, wash your hands with soap and water. After that choose to store it in a clean, capped food-grade glass container or hard plastic container that's designed for milk collection and storage. Don't store breast milk in disposable bottle or plastic bags designed for general use. it is important to place the containers in the back of the refrigerator or freezer, where the temperature is the coolest. Breast milk expands when freeze, so don't fill containers to the maximum. Try to fill each container with the milk needs for one feeding. Never to add warm breast pumped milk to frozen breast milk.

How long can pumped breast milk be kept?

You can safely keep breast milk according to the storage method, let me clarify that :

Room temperature. breast milk may be properly stored at room temperature for up to four hours.

Refrigerator / Freezer. breast milk may be properly stored in the back of the refrigerator or freezer for up to two days in clean conditions in a container designed for milk collection and storage.

It is important to consider that research highlights that the longer you store breast milk whether in the refrigerator or in the freezer, the greater the loss of vitamin C in the milk.

How do I thaw frozen breast milk?

Try to keep the frozen milk container in the refrigerator for time before you intend to use it. You may gently warm the milk by placing it under warm running water not hot water & don't heat a frozen bottle in the microwave. Thawed, frozen milk should never be refrozen.

It is important to know that thawed breast milk might seem to have a different odor or density than freshly expressed milk.

Many experts & professionals recommend discarding thawed milk that isn't used by your baby after feeding. 


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