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Time and Proper Storage of Breast Milk

Dec 29,2021

Breast milk is the safest and completely natural food for babies to grow up. It contains all the nutrients and antibodies that babies need.


In some cases, for example, many mothers have to go to work or have too much breast milk, or their newborns need to be hospitalized for diseases such as excessive jaundice. Or some mothers cannot go out because of confinement, but they can feed by milking and preserving breast milk.


However, some mothers use improper methods to preserve and heat breast milk, resulting in a decrease in the quality of breast milk, even making babies sick.


Ⅰ. Breastmilk storage guidelines


1. Hygiene


The baby's stomach is very fragile. Whether at home or outside, mothers are exposed to a lot of bacteria. Before breastfeeding, mothers should wash their hands carefully.


If you use a manual massage breast pump or an electric feeding pump, you should also clean the breast pump. First, rinse it with clean water and then scald it with hot water so that the baby can eat clean and hygienic milk. Yoboo's medical-grade breast pump adopts a one-stop feeding method, strives not to waste every drop of breast milk, and provides various suction options. It is very friendly and essential for novices, working mothers, and mothers who need to pump daily.


2. Breastmilk storage guidelines for choosing suitable milk storage items


Some mothers like to choose metal products, but the active factors in breast milk are easily attached to the metal. We can choose breastmilk freezer storage bags, which can be frozen and sealed well and do not contain BPA. Yoboo's baby breast milk storage bags have been scientifically tested and made of more stable, safer, and durable plastic.


Others may choose glassware, but glass is easy to crack. You can buy special milk storage bags and bottles in nurseries everywhere, which is safe, assured, and convenient to use.


3. Breastmilk storage guidelines for not filling the breast milk too full


Since milk will swell when stored at low temperature, it is easy to burst, and it is easy to leak if it is too full.


4. Breastmilk storage guidelines for choosing the right size container


When storing milk and purchasing containers, you can choose according to the baby's food intake. If the container is too big and the baby can't finish it, the remaining food is easy to breed bacteria. It is also troublesome if it is too small.


Ⅱ. How long can breast milk stay out?


1. How long the breast milk stays out is an important issue which we should pay attention to. Breast milk can be stored for 4 hours at a normal temperature above 25°C, and breast milk can be stored for 1 day in a freezer above 15°C.


If placed in a refrigerator above 4°C, it can be stored for two days, but if the refrigerator is frequently opened and closed, it can only be stored for one day. If placed in a -5°C freezer, it can be stored for 3 to 6 months.


Long-term cryopreservation at -20°C can reach 6 to 12 months for long-term storage. In addition, it is best to store the expressed breast milk at a low temperature from the beginning.


2. Breastmilk storage guidelines for storing by date


While paying attention to the shelf life, mothers can also indicate the milking date on each bag of milk to the exact morning or afternoon. Put the freshest breast milk inside and eat it first. Make sure your baby drinks the freshest quality breast milk.

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