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Storing Breast Milk the Right Way

Storing Breast Milk the Right Way

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If you are planning to get back to work and still want your baby to have breast milk, then the best thing you can do is to express your breast milk and store it.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

How to Do it?

  • Express the milk when you are relaxed and your breasts feel full. Clean your breasts with mild soap and water and wipe them dry with a clean cloth. You can either express milk manually or use a sterilized breast pump.
  • Express the milk in small quantities and store it in a refrigerator in sterilized plastic container (with caps) or plastic bags designed for this purpose.
  • The caregiver must thaw the milk or bring it to room temperature before feeding your child.

However, Keep the Following Things in Mind:

It is best to feed the baby with the latest expressed milk, if possible.

  • Cleaning - The breast pump (if used) and the storage container must be sterilized as per instructions at least once a day.
  • Storage Containers - Use clean plastic container or plastic bags and label them. Make sure you mention the time and date of expression on the label. Glass containers are not recommended as certain milk components stick to the glass.
  • Storage conditions - Breast milk can be stored at room temperature for 4–10 hours at temperature not more than 25°C; in a fridge at 40 c for up to 8 days and for two weeks in the ice compartment.
  • Thawing the milk before feeding - Frozen milk, once thawed should be given to the baby and not refrozen. If you wish to warm the milk, you can place the container in lukewarm water. Breast milk should never heated/thawed in a microwave.
  • Refrigerated milk may separate into layers or appear differently coloured than fresh breast milk, but this does not mean that it is spoiled

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