Breastfeeding: Pumping and Storing Breast Milk

Remember, the guidelines for storing breast milk are as follows:

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  • While at least two dozen people have given me positioning and latch advice, I don't think anybody every told me how to store breast milk. At least, not until I had been doing it wrong for a while. And so, in the interest of hopefully helping someone out there who is similarly ignorant, I'm going to tell you a couple of things about breast milk storage.

    Guidelines when it comes to Storing Fresh Breast milk:
    Print this chart and post on your refrigerator for quick reference (especially on those tired eyes!). Happy Pumping!

  • One of the best parts about using these glass containers for storing breast milk, is that once your little one is no longer nursing, or if you have some spare jars laying around, you can use them for baby food! Same as with the breast milk portion size, the 125ml jar is perfect to store small quantities of baby food. Your little one will probably eat anywhere from 1-2 jars of baby food per feeding, and this way you can easily quantify just how much food they have consumed.

    Storing breast milk can be confusing! What’s the best way to store it? For how long? What are the rules when it comes to using stored milk? Here is a quick breakdown, some helpful tips and a chart for easy reference:

    The following are the accepted guidelines for safe storage of breast milk. Always store milk as far away from the door as possible, where temperatures may fluctuate.
    Breastmilk Storage Guidelines
    Room temperature (66-78°F):
    4-6 hours
    Cooler with frozen ice packs (59°F):
    up to 24 hours
    Fresh milk in refrigerator (≤39°F):
    up to 8 days
    Thawed milk in refrigerator (≤39°F):
    up to 24 hours
    Freezer unit:
    up to 6 months
    Deep freeze unit:
    up to 12 months

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    Because what is in your milk changes as your baby develops, it is best to use milk as soon as possible after pumping or expressing it. Also, the antioxidant and other protective properties are most important and beneficial to your baby when breast milk is fresh. The protective components of breast milk decrease with refrigeration and freezing. But stored breast milk is the next best thing to fresh breast milk as a complete and nutritious food source for your baby. Stored breast milk is still better for your baby than formula.

Storing Breast Milk-Topic Overview - WebMD

One aspect of storing breast milk that is very important is the way in which you label each container. Because breast milk is something that is best if used when as fresh as possible, the labeling will help you to make sure that you are fully aware of the date that the milk was expressed. This will call for the use of waterproof ink as well as labels so that you can mark each container properly. If you have your child going to a daycare facility, you might even find that the facility will offer their own labels pre-printed with your child’s name along with a space where you can simply put in the date as well as the time of expression.