TIPS FOR STORING AND USING STORED BREAST MILK

After expressing breast milk, the mother can feed it to the baby right away or save it for later.

Fresh breast milk has the highest quality.
If the breast milk must be saved, the mother should do the following:
1. Use either a glass or hard plastic container with a large opening and a tight lid to store breast milk.
2. Use a container and a lid that have been boiled for 10 minutes.
3. Write the time and date the milk was expressed on the container before storing.
4. Store 60 to 120 ml of milk in one container, enough for one feeding, so as not to waste breast milk.
5. Store the milk in the COOLEST PLACE POSSIBLE.

STORING BREAST MILK

AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • At 19 to 22 ◦C, up to 10 hours
  • At 26◦C,up to 6 hours
  • If it is hotter than 26◦C, only 1 to 2 hours
IN A REFRIGERATOR
  • At 0 – 4 ◦C, up to 24 – 48 hours
IN A FREEZER
  • If the freezer is inside a refrigerator (temperature may differ due to door opening frequently), up to 2 weeks
  • In a separate deep freezer at -18◦C, for up to 3 months.

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InfoCredit: Newborn reference manual by Save the children.

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