The Ultimate Guide to Storing and Using Breast Milk

As a new mom, there are many things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your newborn. One of the most important aspects is feeding them properly and providing them with all the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. For mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies, knowing how to store and use breast milk is essential.

Why Store Breast Milk?

Breast milk provides numerous health benefits for infants, such as protection against infections, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. However, sometimes moms can’t always be around to feed their babies directly from the breast. That’s where storing breast milk comes in handy – it allows mothers the flexibility of being able to provide their babies with a nutritious meal even when they’re not available.

Storing breast milk also makes it possible for working moms or those who travel frequently without their baby more convenient because someone else can feed their child using stored bottled milk.

How Long Can You Store Breast Milk?

It’s important that you know beforehand how long your pumped or expressed breastmilk can last before spoiling so that you don’t waste any precious liquid gold! Freshly expressed/pumped milk lasts at room temperature for up 4 hours but immediately refrigerate if breastfeeding isn’t done immediately . Refrigerated expressed/pumped milk stays fresh between 3-8 days while deep freezer storage options will hold its nutritional value up until six months (180days). It’s best practice never reheat thawed-out frozen breasts; instead let them melt on its own (preferably overnight) then shake gently before serving warm

How To Properly Store And Use Breast Milk

There are several steps involved in properly storing and using breastmilk:

Cleanliness Is Key

Before handling your breasts or pumping equipment make sure hands have been washed thorougly with soap and water. Clean the items that come into contact with your breasts/milk using hot soapy water or in a dishwasher if safe.

Use The Right Containers

The ideal container to use for storing breast milk is either glass or plastic bottles, which should be sterilized before use. Avoid using regular bags if possible as they are more likely to leak and less reusable than quality storage containers

Cooling And Freezing Breastmilk

Cold temperatures reduce the growth of bacteria and fungus on stored milk thus it’s important to put them in an insulated cooler bag immediately after pumping, especially when traveling or working away from home- this way they remain fresh until you have access to a fridge/freezer. Set your fridge temperature between 0°C(32°F) – 4°C (39.2°F). Deep-freeze all bottles/containers that will not be consumed within three days or refrigerated ones left unopened for up to eight days.

Note: Never freeze already frozen breast milks again

Thawing

To thaw frozen breast milk, place it in the refrigerator overnight or under warm running water (not hot!). Shake gently once its melted then heat only what’s needed by placing bottle/container in a bowl of hot water at most 40 degree Celsius/104 °Fahrenheit

It is important not boil , microwave, nor keep heated bottle longer than one hour as this can kill beneficial nutrients/bacteria while raising risk for food poisoning due to contamination.

By knowing how long you can store breast milk safely and following proper storage techniques like cleanliness, suitable containers used plus speedy cooling/freezing practices along with gentle warming/heating tips above; You’ll ensure your baby receives all natural goodness whenever mama isn’t around!

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