Are you right about breast milk storage
In fact, many mothers have enough milk for their babies. If they squeeze it out, they are afraid to put it out of storage. There are also many working mothers who are reluctant to give up breast milk in order to go to work early, so they start carrying milk, but they don’t know how to store it. Today, I’d like to share with you (simple version) how to store breast milk correctly, hoping to help more mothers!
1. Normal temperature preservation time of breast milk
Colostrum (milk extruded within 6 days after delivery) – can be stored for 12 hours at room temperature of 27-32 ℃.
Mature breast milk (milk extruded after 6 days postpartum)——
It can be stored for 24 hours at 15 ℃;
It can be stored for 10 hours at room temperature of 19-22 ℃;
It can be stored for 6 hours at 25 ℃.
2. Cold storage time of breast milk
The milk can be preserved for 8 days at 0-4 ℃. Special attention should be paid: if the refrigeration temperature of the refrigerator can not be stable in this range, it should be controlled within 24 hours, especially in hot summer.
The frozen storage time of breast milk is closely related to the condition of the freezer. For the separately isolated freezer with the temperature below 0 ℃, if it is often necessary to open and close the door to take the articles, the shelf life can not exceed 3-4 months; if it is a deep freezer, that is, the shelf life can be up to six months or even longer if the temperature is kept below – 15 ℃ ~ – 18 ℃ for a long time and the door is not often opened and closed.
3. Precautions for breast milk storage
Breast milk for short-term consumption can be placed in a cold room.
Containers for storing breast milk should be disinfected.
Do not use the same container to store breast milk. Replace breast milk regularly.
Do not fill the breast milk, try to leave some gaps.
Label and date each breast milk to prevent its expiration.
4. Precautions for unfreezing
Before eating, thaw the breast milk in cold storage or directly at room temperature.
After thawing, breast milk should be gently shaken before feeding, so that the nutrients in the milk mix evenly.
The method of heating can be directly heated by using bags to separate warm water, or by pouring thawed breast milk into milk bottles to separate water and heating.
Do not use microwave oven or boiling method to heat human milk, which will lead to the loss of nutrients in human milk.
Do not freeze the thawed breast milk again to prevent deterioration.
Do not add fresh milk to frozen milk.