Proper Storage For Breastmilk.
Proper storage of breast milk is essential to ensure its safety and nutritional quality for your baby. Here are some breast milk storage tips.
Use clean containers.
Always use clean, BPA-free containers for storing breast milk. You can use glass or plastic containers specifically designed for breast milk storage, or breast milk storage bags.
Label each container with the date the milk was expressed so you can use the oldest milk first. You can also label the time if you have expressed milk multiple times in one day.
Store in small portions.
Store breast milk in small portions, typically 2-4 ounces (60-120 mL) to reduce waste. You can always combine smaller portions if needed.
Thawing frozen milk.
When you’re ready to use frozen breast milk, thaw it in the refrigerator or by placing it under warm running water. Never use a microwave, as it can create hot spots and damage the milk’s nutrients.
Don’t refreeze breastmilk.
Once breast milk has been thawed, use it within 24 hours. Do not refreeze it.
Watch out for your hygiene.
Wash your hands and pump equipment thoroughly before expressing milk. Clean all storage containers and pump parts to maintain hygiene.
Safe Storage Breastmilk Chart
The information listed below is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. For more information or to donate breastmilk, please contact MilkBankColorado.org.
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