Am I storing and reheating my breast milk properly?

Am I storing and reheating my breast milk properly?

How to store breast milk: Tips for keeping your milk fresh and safe.

Breast milk is an excellent source of nutrition for your baby, and it's crucial to ensure that it's stored safely to maintain its quality and prevent contamination. Proper storage techniques can help you maintain a steady supply of breast milk if you're not able to breastfeed or even just for emergencies or days away from bub.

In this blog, we'll take a look at some tips for storing breast milk safely.

 

Things to remember before pumping

  • Follow the manufacturer‚Äôs recommendations on how to wash, sterilize and assemble the pump.
  • If this is the first time using your breast pump, it may take a few trys in getting comfortable and finding right settings for you.
  • Start with using a low suction and then increase as you feel comfortable.
  • If you are storing the milk in the refrigerator or freezer, make sure to label the container with the date the milk was expressed.

1. Choose the right container

    When storing breast milk, it's essential to choose the right container. The container you choose should be made of food-grade plastic, glass or silicone. Avoid using regular plastic bags, as they may not be sterile and may contain harmful chemicals that could contaminate your breast milk. You should also make sure that the container is airtight and leak-proof. Pre-sterilized breast milk storage bags are a great option for space saving and affordability. 

    Some important things to check for when choosing storage containers;

    • Measurement markings¬†on the side of the container, allowing you to see how much milk you have stored
    • Leak-proof design¬†
    • BPA and pre-sterilized,¬†ensuring safety for your baby
    • Stackable design,¬†meaning less space taken up in the fridge/freezer
    • Date indicator¬†on the container to keep track of when the milk was expressed
    • Convenient pouring spout¬†to prevent spillages
    • Ability to withstand high heat¬†for safe and easy¬†thawing

     

    2. Label your milk

    • Date
    • Time
    This will help you keep track of when the milk was expressed and ensure that you use the oldest milk first. You can use a marker or a label maker to label your containers.

    3. Store milk in small portions

    When storing breast milk, it's best to store it in small portions. This will help you avoid wasting any milk, as you can then defrost only the amount of milk you need for each feed. Starting with 80 - 120mL per container and increasing the amount as your baby's feeding needs change.
    Any milk that has been thawed and not used cannot be frozen and reheated again. 
     

     

    4. Store milk in the back of the fridge or freezer

    When storing breast milk in the fridge or freezer, it's essential to store it in the back, where the temperature is the coldest and most consistent. Avoid storing breast milk in the door of the fridge or freezer, as the temperature can fluctuate, which can cause the milk to spoil.

    5. Follow the "first in, first out" rule

    When it's time to use your stored breast milk, make sure to use the oldest milk first. This will help you avoid wasting any milk and ensure that your baby gets the freshest milk possible.

    6. Thaw milk safely

    If you need to thaw your breast milk, you should do so slowly in the fridge or by placing the container in warm water or a bottle/pouch warmer. Avoid thawing breast milk in the microwave, as this can cause hot spots in the milk, which can burn your baby's mouth.

    Storing breast milk safely is essential to maintain its quality and prevent contamination. By following these tips, you can ensure that your baby gets the freshest, most nutritious milk possible. 

     

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