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  • Your Guidelines to Storing Breast Milk

    Your Guidelines to Storing Breast Milk

    How to Store Breast Milk

    Breastfeeding mother

    Breast pumping promotes breastfeeding beyond the presence of the mother. The environment away from the mother’s breast is not a specialized environment for the breast milk to be in. With that in mind, an atmosphere similar to what mothers can provide should be recreated in order to keep the milk fresh and viable for the baby.

    Container

    Breast milk should be stored in safe containers like:

    • Steel containers
    • Baby approved containers
    • Milk storage bags

    Breast milk storage guideline

    Storage Life

    • Room temperature milk can last for 4 hours right after collection
    • Refrigerate for more than 4 hours, and it will last for up to 5 days but according to Medela guidelines, the milk can last 3 to 8 days at 39 farenheit degree ( 4 C)
    • Long term: keep it in the freezer for up to 2 weeks

    Storage Temperature

    • At 0 F, the milk can last from 3 – 6 months
    • At -4 F, the milk can last for up to 12 months

    Preparation

    • Right after thawing frozen milk, have the baby drink it for up to 24 hours
    • If at room temperature, drink within an hour
    • Remember to wash hands before you touch any part in contact with the breast milk

    Reminders

    • NEVER mix milk of different temperatures!
    • AVOID glass! As the molecules of the breast milk could stick to the sides of the glass container and won’t be efficiently transferred to the baby.
    • Discard any leftover milk that wasn’t

     

    How to Feed Baby with Collected Breast Milk

    1. Cool down the milk to room temperature
    2. AVOID feeding bottles to not lead the baby towards nipple confusion
    3. Sippers or spoons are recommended
    4. When using feeding bottles, STERILIZE them thoroughly
    • 15 mins for the bottle
    • 5 mins for the teats

    Thawed Breast Milk

    Use this milk within 24 hours of thawing.
    1. To heat the milk,  put it in a cup of warm water right before you plan to give it to your baby.
    2. Do not use hot or boiling water to warm up your milk.
    3. Microwaving can cause hot spots in the milk, so never microwave the milk.

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     For more information and guidelines,                                                                                                 you may visit the following Medela Sites:

    Medela Breastfeeding

    Medela Breastmilk Guidelines

     

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