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Breast Milk Storage Safety Tips

September 2nd, 2014 | By: Cheryl Tallman
Breast pumping basics and safe storage solutions.

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Breast Milk Storage Safety Tips

Breastfeeding is the ultimate bonding experience between you and your baby. However, it’s not always convenient or possible to breastfeed your baby directly. Here’s the safe way to store your breast milk for safe consumption later.

Tips for Safe Breast Milk Pumping and Storage

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water before expressing milk and be sure your breasts and pumping equipment are clean.
  2. If you are having trouble getting the milk to flow, keep an item that reminds you of your baby close by. Thinking of baby can help stimulate milk production.
  3. If you are still having trouble expressing milk, apply a warm moist compresses and gently massage your breasts for a few minutes.
  4. Store the milk in clean, BPA-Free containers with lids, covered ice cube trays or freezer-safe storage bags.
  5. Label the container with the date. Add your child’s name if you are taking it to a childcare provider.
  6. Store milk in the coldest part of the refrigerator or freezer.
  7. Always use the oldest dated milk first.
  8. Do not mix fresh milk and frozen milk in the same bottle.
  9. Milk left in a baby bottle after a feeding should be thrown out. Do not save it for use at another feeding.