Some mothers with an oversupply, might want to store extra milk for donations to a milk bank.
Or maybe you are a mother who has to go back to work, and need to start bottle feeding breast milk. There are many reasons why you might need to start expressing your milk.
Expressed breast milk can help a mother feed her baby, when she is not able to physically breastfeed.
Freezing breastmilk for later use, can be really convenient and can also take some of the breastfeeding strain off of the mother and give her a break, so that a partner can get a chance to feed the baby too.
It is very important that you store your milk properly, so that its nutritional qualities are kept. Human milk contains anti-bacterial properties that keep it fresher, longer. Most of the breast milk's nutritive value is kept during freezing
If you or your baby has had a yeast (thrush) infection, you can continue to breastfeed and freeze your milk, but when the infection has ended, you should get rid of any extra breast milk, as the yeast in the milk is not destroyed via freezing and might infect you and your baby again.
How long does breast milk last? It can be kept frozen for six months, it can also be kept at room temperature for up to eight hours due to its saving properties.
How to store breast milk safely…
• Safe breast milk refrigeration.
- 15 degrees C ~ 24 hrs
- 22 degrees C ~ 10 hrs
- 25 degrees C (Room temperature) ~ 4 hrs
• Freezing breast milk.
- Freezer compartment on refrigerator ~ 2 weeks
- Separate freezer on refrigerator ~ 4 months
- Separate deep freezer ~ Up to 6 months
• Thawing breast milk.
- Can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours
- Thawed breast milk should not be refrozen.
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