Tips for proper breast milk storage

best way to store breastmilk in freezer

Breast milk is superior to formula for your baby; however, newly expressed breast milk is favourable to keep in the fridge, and refrigerated is preferable to frozen. This is because freshly expressed milk has better bacteria-fighting qualities and is significantly greater in antioxidants, vitamins, and fat than refrigerated or frozen milk. If you have expressed breast milk safely and cleanly, you can store it at room temp, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer, based on how soon you need it.

Breast milk that has been stored separates into layers, with the fat going to the top. Before feeding your baby, swish the bottle to combine the layers. Some of the nutritional and preventative components of milk can be damaged by vigorous stirring or shaking. Bacteria from your baby’s mouth can inevitably end up in the milk when he feeds on expressed breast milk from a tumbler or bottle. As a result, any leftover, partially consumed milk should be discarded within one to two hours of his original feed. To stop wasting expressed milk, always store it in small quantities and only use whatever you need. You need to know the proper ways to store your breast milk as well because doing so improperly could result in wastage or even unknowingly giving your baby milk that is not safe to drink. The following is the best way to store breastmilk in freezer and the fridge. 

Breast milk storage in the freezer

best way to store breastmilk in freezer

  • After expressing your breast milk, freeze it as soon as possible.
  • Expressed milk can be mixed with the already frozen breast milk if the milk is cooled in the refrigerator first. Body-temperature milk should not be mixed with frozen milk.
  • Store your milk in small servings for easier thawing and less waste. After defrosting, combine these.
  • Check to see if your breast milk storage tubs can be frozen; some goods (such as glass bottles) may crack at extremely low temperatures.
  • Because breast milk expands during freezing, don’t completely fill up bottles or pouches more than three-quarters full.
  • Frozen breast milk should be kept in the back of the freezer, where the temperature is most constant. Keep it away from self-defrosting freezer walls.

Breast milk storage in the refrigerator

best way to store breastmilk in freezer

  • Put your breast milk in the fridge as quickly as possible as you can after you’ve expressed it.
  • Clean breast milk bottles or BPA-free storage bags should be used to store your milk. BPA is a chemical that was foremost widely used in plastic tubs and coatings but is now being phased out by many manufacturers due to its unknown long-term effects.
  • Small amounts of expressed milk can be put into the same refrigerated container as long as the milk is cooled in the fridge first. Do not combine body temperature milk with already cooled milk.
  • Breast milk should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge, which is at the rear, on the store shelves above the vegetable compartment. Keep it out of the fridge door, where the temperature is lower.
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