How To Better Store Your Breast Milk
Indeed, it’ll be a life-saver especially for the working moms if they are able to store their breast milk in the fridge and insure their infants get only the best nutritious milk available.
Most breast milk storage guidelines have not been standardized, but it is recommended to refrigerate the breast milk at 3 degrees Celsius for a maximum of 5-8 days. Ideally, the breast milk should be consumed within 2-3 days of being expressed.
The latest study now supports that breast milk be refrigerated at 3 degrees Celsius for up to 4 days without causing any changes to its composition including its pH, fatty acid levels, immune-system protein, and bacterial content from the mom herself.
In order to store your breast milk, make sure that you pick a clean, dry and sterile containers which has not been contaminated and is made from either a glass or plastic that is free from bisphenol-A (a toxic industrial chemical which is commonly used to make epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastic).
To help you better organize your breast milk, try labeling each container with the date you place the breast milk into the container and duration of date to consume the breast milk prior to stashing them into the fridge. Also, do not forget to leave an inch from the top of the storage container as frozen milk tends to expand.
For your information, the first milk or colostrums expressed in the first few days after delivery can be kept for over 12 hours at the room temperature while breast milk or mature milk that is available within 6 days after the delivery of your child can be kept as below:
In the freezer:
In a self-contained freezer, on the side or on the top of the fridge for 3-4 months.
In a deep freezer with a constant 0°F (or -17°C) for 6 months or longer.
In a freezer compartment contained in the fridge for over 2 weeks.
Note: It is always recommended to freeze the milk in smaller quantity like 2-4 ounce servings, in order to avoid any wastage and also you could choose the quantity of the milk in accordance to your child’s hunger.
In the fridge:
Up to 8 days at 86-100°F (or 0-4°C)
At room temperature:
4 hours at 86-100°F (or 30-37°C)
4-6 hours at 79°F (or 26°C)
10 hours at 66-720°F (or 19-22°C)
24 hours at 60°F (or 15.5°C)
It’s easy to figure out when the milk you put on the container has gone bad, here’s the guide.
For the thawed breast milk:
Deep freezer: never refreeze
Freezer: never refreeze
Room temperature: 1 hour
Cooler*: 24 hours
Refrigerator: 24 hours
For the fresh breast milk:
Deep freezer: 6 months
Freezer: 3 months
Room temperature: 4 hours
Cooler*: 24 hours
Refrigerator: 48 hours
(*With a freezer pack)
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