How to Store Breast Milk

Important tips on how to safely and securely store breast milk for future feedings.


-Hi, I'm Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby Magazine and I'm gonna talk about how you can store and use your breast milk safely. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator or in the freezer. You wanna use a closed top bottle or a breast milk storage bag that's made for this purpose. You can buy either in the baby aisle of most mass merchant stores, or supermarkets, or drugstores; and the breast milk storage bags are sterilized, which makes them different than a regular sandwich bag. When you take milk out of the freezer, you can thaw in the refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water or run it under the hot water in the sink. You don't wanna refreeze breast milk and you don't wanna mix fresh breast milk with frozen so only take what you need out of the freezer. And the longer you feed your baby breast milk, the more you'll understand how much he or she drinks in the day. When you take milk out of the refrigerator, you don't wanna leave it out for more than about an hour or two just like regular milk. If you wanna warm your breast milk, you could do it using hot water from the sink or a warm bowl of milk. You don't wanna put it in the microwave because microwaves heat unevenly and also can destroy some of the nutrients in your breast milk, so be sure you just warm it gently. You only want to get it to about body temperature since that's what your baby would be used to drinking straight from the source and that's how you can store and use your breast milk safely.

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