Hey Baby Mamas!
So, you’ve finally got the hang of this breastfeeding gig, your milk has come in, and your nipples are starting to heal (woohoo!). You’ve discussed pumping with your midwife and found out how to do this correctly and you’ve just collected your first wee bottle of your own amazing golden breastmilk. Now what? It’s so important to store your milk correctly to prevent it going off and needing to be thrown out (cries...)
This is a guide to help remember roughly how long your milk can stay at different temperatures immediately after pumping:
4 – 4 hours at room temperature
4 - 4 days in the fridge
4 – 4-6 months in a regular freezer (Although some breastmilk can keep in a deep freeze for 12 months)
When you’re ready to use your stored breastmilk it’s important you prepare it properly. Never microwave breastmilk – not only does it decrease the nutrients in the milk but it also heats unevenly and heat spots can burn your baby’s mouth.
**Never refreeze breastmilk once it is thawed.
I hope this has helped answer questions around what to do with your pumped milk and how to give it to your bay safely! I will pop a link below to a helpful infographic
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