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Safe Thawing of Breast Milk Always thaw the oldest breast milk first. Remember first in, first out. Over time, the quality of breast milk can There are several ways to thaw your breast milk: In the refrigerator overnight. Set in a container of warm or lukewarm In the refrigerator overnight. Use cooler packs.
You can put breastmilk in a cooler or insulated cooler pack with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours after pumping. After 24 hours in a cooler the breastmilk should be refrigerated or frozen. When storing breastmilk, use breastmilk storage bags, which are made for freezing human milk. Use a breast pump or a hand expression technique to remove the breast milk from your breasts and place it into your breast milk storage container. If you use a breast pump, pump for about 10 minutes on each side.
Hand expression takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t overfill your storage container. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bottles connect to any Lansinoh breast pump and nipple for feeding.
They also have volume marks and hold up to 5 ounces of milk. Like the Medela, they’re BPA Bags made for breast milk storage are sterile and don’t require any preparation before use. When milk is frozen, it expands, so leave about an inch at the top of the container to allow room for expansion. Put only 2 to 4 ounces of milk in each container, or the amount your baby will take at a single feeding.
Storing Breast Milk Store your milk in clean glass or BPA-free plastic bottles with tight lids. Label the bottle with the date you pumped the milk. If your baby will be with another child care provider, write your baby’s name on the label, too.
Breast milk can be defrosted in the fridge, normally in around 12 hours. Alternatively, hold the bottle or bag of frozen milk under warm running water (a maximum of 37 °C or 99 °F). Don’t leave frozen breast milk to defrost at room temperature. If baby is seriously ill and/or hospitalized, discuss storage guidelines with baby’s doctor. To avoid waste and for easier thawing & warming, store milk in 1-4 ounce portions.
Date milk before storing. Milk from different pumping sessions/days may be combined in one container – use the date of the first milk. Fresh breast milk can be stored in a cooler up to 24 hours – more info here. How to travel with frozen breast milk. If you are traveling with frozen breast milk, you will also want to pack it in a cooler.
Depending on the length of the trip, you may need dry ice. A few tips for packing your frozen milk in a cooler without dry ic. If storing it in a fridge, the freshly pumped breast milk is good for up to 48 hours. Dedicated refrigerators and freezers are provided for breast milk storage in the hospital.
Thawed, previously frozen breast milk must be used within 24 hours (if thawed in the refrigerator) or two hours (if warmed) or it must be discarded.
List of related literature:
|from Netter’s Obstetrics and Gynecology E-Book|
|from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide|
|from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family|
|from Manual of Dietetic Practice|
|from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]|
|from The 5 Minute Pediatric Consult|
|from Burns’ Pediatric Primary Care E-Book|
|from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing9: Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing|
|from Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician|
|from Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications E-Book: A Nursing Approach|