Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk

By on March 4, 2010

To prevent contamination, breast milk must be handled and stored properly before feeding to baby.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • Wash your hands before you pump or handle breast milk.
  • Make sure you store the milk in containers that are clean and have a tight seal. Examples may include bottles with a screw cap, plastic cups with lids that fit tightly, or bags that are designed for use with milk and bottles.
  • Label the container of breast milk with the date, so you know which containers to use first. Include baby’s name if it will be taken to your child’s care provider.
  • Never add fresh breast milk to frozen milk that is already stored.
  • Never save or re-feed milk from a partially consumed bottle.

Source: HealthDay

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