Is it safe to store breast milk

Storage of expressed breast milk

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After expressing the milk, it should be stored in clean, i.e. boiled, plastic or glass containers. Specialized plastic bags are also available in specialist shops that can be attached directly to the pump set. This eliminates the need to pour the milk from one container into another and contamination with germs is kept as low as possible.

What should you watch out for when freezing breast milk?

It makes sense to freeze the milk in quantities of 60 to 120 ml. Small amounts thaw quickly, are quick to warm up, and there is less milk left to discard if the baby doesn't drink it all. When filling, leave about 2 cm space so that the milk can expand when it is frozen without the bottle bursting. Fresh milk can be added to frozen milk provided it is cooled first and there is less fresh than frozen milk (the top layer of the already frozen milk must not thaw). Any milk stored should be labeled and dated.

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Thawing breast milk

You can thaw frozen milk in a warm water bath or overnight in the refrigerator. Once milk has been thawed, do not refreeze it. Once the milk has thawed, it must be put back in the refrigerator immediately until it is used up. Thawed breast milk can be stored unopened for 24 hours at +4 ° C. After opening the container, thawed breast milk must be stored at +4 ° C and used within 12 hours. Leftovers from a warmed up breast milk meal must be thrown away. Thawed breast milk can smell soapy or flaky, which the children usually tolerate without any problems. When the watery part separates from the fatty part, you can gently mix.

The shelf life of expressed breast milk:

  • 6 months and longer in a separate freezer at a constant temperature of at least -19 ° C.
  • 3 months in a freezer compartment of a refrigerator with independent cooling (different temperature because the door is opened and closed frequently)
  • up to 3 days at 4 to 6 ° C in the refrigerator
  • 4-8 hours at room temperature (freshly pumped)

Warm breast milk and feed it

Warm the milk to body temperature or at least to room temperature before you feed your child. This can be done relatively quickly in a 37 ° C water bath. It is better not to use a microwave oven for this. The uneven heating can cause burns to the baby. In addition, the content of antibodies (immunoglobulin A) and the antibacterial substance lysozyme can decrease considerably. You must not boil the breast milk either. However, you can use the conventional bottle warmers.

Last updated: 26-11-19, bra