How to Store Breast Milk Properly

Breastfeeding has been part of human nature for 500 years now according to breastfeeding specialist, Pat Thomas. For the last 60 years however, out of convenience, humans turn to “formula milk”.

Since it was proven that breast milk is better than powdered milk because it contains more nutritional ingredients and antibodies that prevents diseases that lessens risks of death in infants, the World Health Organization is encouraging every mother to nurse their babies. Breastfeeding however is a tiring task, considering babies need to feed every three hours even till the wee hours of the morning. One solution to solve this problem is storing breast milk. Here are some simple things you can do to save energy when storing breast milk and keep it safe for your baby.

Expressed milk may be kept in different storage containers such as standard baby bottles (glass or plastic) and custom-purpose for storing breast milk bags. If you want to make sure that the milk is the same with room temperature, use a thermometer. If you want to milk to remain fresh for four hours, makes sure that the room temperature is 27 degrees Celsius and for ten hours, another 6 degrees Celsius lower. Storing it below 16 degrees Celsius guarantees the shelf life of the milk for more than 24 hours. On the other hand, be reminded that this method of storing breast milk is best for a short period time. For longer storage period, there are other alternative ways.

The milk will have a shelf life of at least five days if you store it in a refrigerator with a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. If you are expressing milk more than you used to and plan to keep it for a little while, it’s ideal to keep it in a freezer. It has a shelf life of six months if it is in deep freeze with constant 19 degrees Celsius. Don’t store the milk from the door if one has a self –defrosting freezer so it can still last for at least 3 months. If there is no space in the freezer, it is important to note that the milk will only last for two weeks.

Properly storing breast milk will ensure the safety of your child because the risk of milk contamination is lessened.