As a mom I wanted to make sure my baby kept having breastmilk while I was away from him, as such it became very important to know how to correctly store freshly expressed milk. A quick search on Google proved overwhelming with so many opinions and instructions – how do you know which one is right and if you are storing your milk correctly?
There are a few factors that have an impact how we store and keep our milk safe for our baby’s consumption. Various factors such as milk volume, room temperature when milk is expressed, temperature fluctuations in the refrigerator and freezer and cleanliness of the environment can affect how long human milk can be stored safely.
Please note this guideline is for home storage for a healthy full-term baby only. For a hospital setting please chat to your local medical practitioner.
Many international sites say that breastmilk can be kept at room temperature for anything from 3 – 6 hours. I really would not recommend leaving breastmilk at our South African “room temperature” for very long. Remember when reading international sites, the “normal” room temperature is often quite a bit lower than the temperatures we experience at the southern tip of Africa. I, personally, would not leave breastmilk out of a cooled environment for longer than an hour.
The cream will rise to the top of the breastmilk during storage. Gently swirl milk (do not shake) to mix before checking temperature and offering to baby.
If you have not expressed enough for one feeding session in one of your pumping sessions, milk from different pumping sessions/days may be combined in one container.
How to thaw frozen milk:
How to warm breastmilk:
How to store your milk:
I trust the above provides you with some valuable information with regards to looking after your liquid gold.
Natalie aka Mrs Milk
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