Information about Breast milk Collection and Storage.

Breast milk Collection and Storage

Before beginning collection of breast milk, always wash your hands. Make sure the pump parts that will touch the milk are sterile (can be sterilized in the top rack of the dishwasher, a microwave sterilizer or boiling water for 5-10 minutes). After pumping store milk in 2-4 oz increments to reduce waste. Pump directly into hard plastic or glass bottles that you will seal with a solid or ring and disk lid or freezer bags that are specifically designed for storing mothers' milk. Breast milk is good at room temperature for 6-10 hours, refrigerator for 5-7 days, freezer for 3-6 months and deep freeze for 6-12 months. Make sure to freeze refrigerated milk within 24 hours if you are not going to use it within the 5-7 day time frame. Refrigerate milk immediately if you are not going to use it within the 6-10 hours that it is good at room temperature. Never refreeze breast milk or put milk back in the fridge. Never put milk on the stove or in the microwave. To thaw or warm, simply place the milk in warm water. To determine more closely how much breast milk to put in each bottle for a baby who is less than six months old, take the baby's weight and multiply by 2.5. Then divide by the number of feeding per day. After the age of six months, the baby needs 24-32 oz per day which is approximately 5-6 oz per feeding 5-6 times per day.

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