Storing expressed breast milk

How do you store expressed breast milk? #nursing #breastmilk #breastmilkstorage

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You can store expressed breast milk in either bottles or bags for refrigerating/freezing. For bottles, choose - glass or hard-sided plastic containers with well-fitting tops - check that the containers are not made with Bisphenol A (BPA) [avoid those labeled with a number 3 or 7 in the recycling symbol] - containers that are washed in hot, soapy water, rinsed well, and air-dried before use For bags, choose - freezer milk bags that are designed for storing human milk - put only 60 to 120 ml of milk in each bag (the amount your baby is likely to drink in a single feeding) to minimize wastage When storing, leave about an inch of space (for both bottle and bags) for milk to expand when freezing. For more information (such as storage guidelines, and how to warm frozen/refrigerated milk), you can refer to this article:

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After pumping refrigerate your milk right away. Combine several pumpings in one container by adding cold to cold. Milk expands as it freezes, so leave space at the top if you plan to freeze. Horizontal bags may save space. Store in the back of the freezer away from sides, where temperature is most steady. If milk separates, swirl (don’t shake) to redistribute cream before feeding. Use the oldest frozen milk first to keep it from getting too old. If storing in the fridge it can keep for 3-8 days (depending on where in the fridge and temperature) If storing in the freezer compartment of the fridge - can keep for 2 weeks if storing in a separate freezer compartment - can keep for 3-6 months If storing in deep freezer can keep for 6 months

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You may store it in breastmilk storage bottles (glass/BPA-free plastic) or breastmilk storage bags. You can either chill it at the back of the fridge or freeze it if you don't intend to use it within the next 3 days. Before using the expressed milk, do give it a sniff to make sure it hasn't gone bad. It should not have a sour smell. It might have a fishy smell, but that's normal.

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I prefer to store my expressed breast milk in pre-sterilized milk bag such as Pur Brand/Nanny brand as it save my fridge space and more convenient as in do not need to steriliser breastmilk storage bottles.

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I would store it in a breast milk bag but be careful not to topple it over. It’s heart pain if you do. You can also use hegen bottles to store conveniently. And it won’t topple over

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Hi. You may read this article for more information:

In storage cups in fridge, or storage bags when I’m freezing excess milk!


You can use milk storage bags or storage cups.