Pumping and Storing Frozen Breast Milk

 

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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.

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Breast milk may also be frozen and kept for 6 months in a home freezer or 12 months at −20°C. Thawed breast milk should be used within 24 hours and may not be refrozen.

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You can safely store thawed breast milk in the refrigerator for up to twenty-four hours, but don’t refreeze it.54 Breast milk does lose some (but not all) of its anti-infective and nutritional properties over time and with freezing and heating.

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by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
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Expressed breast milk can be safely stored in the refrigerator or in an iced container for 24 to 48 hours and used by your caregiver to feed the infant the next day.

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from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
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Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

The Department of Health recommends that expressed breast milk is stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, in the freezer compartment for up to 1 week and in a freezer for a maximum of 3 months (DH 2005c).

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If you’re home and want to stock the freezer with breast milk for emergencies or relief bottles, pump one hour after baby’s first morning feeding, since most women have more milk earlier in the day.

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Thawed breast milk should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours of thawing.

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Pumped breast milk should be refrigerated as soon after pumping as possible and can be stored there for up to 8 days.

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Expressed breast milk may be frozen (−18° C [0° F] or lower) for up to 6 months (depending on the type of freezer used), but care should be taken to prevent freezer burn (see Lawrence and Lawrence, 2011, for further guidelines on storing and freezing human milk).

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After this time (or during the first 2 weeks if the mother has a large supply or if the infant is not effectively stimulating the supply), mothers can pump milk after each feeding such that the breasts calibrate to a 50% oversupply of milk to be stored in the freezer.

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from Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician
by Marsha Walker
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

• Once milk supply is established, breast milk may be expressed manually or by a pump and saved in a bottle in the refrigerator (up to 48 hours) or in the freezer (several months).

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from Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications E-Book: A Nursing Approach
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  • Omg everything about this video is saving my life right now ���� I’m hoping thawing out some of my milk is gonna boost my sick lil one’s immune system. Thank you so much for sharing the different methods! I heard someone say frozen milk can end up with a metallic taste after so long. Have you heard that?

  • Can we humans afford to waste that much water?? Kindly don’t use first method. Else our poor kids won’t be left with drinking water in a few years

  • Hi mommy, I already liked and subscribed ur video. After I put my breast milk into fridge 2 or 3 days, can I move it to store in freeze?

  • Thanks for the video. Once we put the milk to the cooler bag, Can we warm this via a bottle warmer or using a bowl of warm water when the baby needs it?

  • How did you wean? I have so much milk supply I want to prepare to wean when my baby’s a bit older…. I only seem to find advices on how to produce more. Also how is it that single pumping helped with over supply? Because if I don’t pump I get engorgement/ mastitis and pain…..

  • Love your ep-ing videos! When I started exclusive pumping with my second daughter (who just turned 5 ��), no one talked about it. She had lost 11oz after birth and remained the same weight for about 2.5 weeks. Near the end of her first month, we had been back and forth to the pediatrician for weight checks, and they were recommending supplementation. I knew from my experience with my first that if I supplemented with formula, my supply wouldn’t be strong enough, so I began nursing, pumping & then bottle feeding, which I then switched to exclusive pumping, cutting out nursing. The pediatrician thought I was a little crazy for the extra work, but I was desperate for her to get breastmilk. I hope that moms who find themselves in similar situations, will find your videos, because they are so helpful, and I feel like it’s hard to find lactation specialists who aren’t anti bottle (at least in my experience).
    On a separate note, how did you single pump for an hour total? (I think you said a half hour on each side). I switched my 2 year old to formula when she was 8 months old (before she switched to regular milk @ 1 year). I was getting to the point where I felt like I was always pumping on the go, and with an oversupply (and no freezer space), I was dumping a lot of milk, so it felt like a waste of time. Do you think you could get away with only pumping one side at a time? Like every 3 hrs, and switch sides? I don’t know if that would result in a greater chance of mastitis.
    Also, I’m completely with you on the medela ice packs. I had ones that came with my ameda purely yours, and they were junk. They melted so incredibly fast!

  • I usually use a cup or bowl fill it with tap water and put the frozen breastmilk to thaw it. So that won’t waste water if keep the water running like that.

  • Hi..I’m new to the exclusively pumping and I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong. After I pump I take the milk and just place it in the bag with whatever amount I pump. Is this method more so so you can have a exact amount in the bags?

  • What are some things you might suggest for moving to a developing country? How to keep cold while in villages during the day? I’m looking to keep it as simple as possible because I know I’ll need to pack all of these things.
    Thank you!

  • Can you mix breast milk?
    If I pumped milk yesterday and it’s 1.5 ounces can I put the milk that I pumped today (1.5 ounces) in it to make it 3 ounces even?

  • I wish it had more in-depth information as to how to store and use pumped breastmilk.. like the proper way to defrost it and some other very important and helpful tips like the other commenter has posted below…

  • HELP, do you pump and start putting the milk in the pitcher? Or do you cool down the milk first and then add it to the pitcher? Does it matter if you mix cooled milk with recently pump milk?

  • If im going to put them on the freezer, how many months will they last to use? Do breadtmilk have an expiry date aftr a few days or months?

  • Loved this! I always had problems with those breast milk bags getting broke or cut somehow. And I’d only find out after they were thawed. I ended up using mason jars but we had to buy a mini freezer just for the breast milk. Those bags are so great on space though.

  • Thanks for your information, i have 2questions,
    1)before pouring the milk into the bags, should the be washed?
    2)after gathering little amount milk in normal freege of 2days, then can i store it to be iced?

  • I laughed when you talked about using your boobs as a bottle warmer! My youngest was hospitalized at a week old and I had to exclusively pump. Weirdly enough there was not hot water from the tap in her hospital room, I’d have to go down the hall just for hot water! Did the boob trick so much during our stay lol.

  • excellent video.I loved watching it.
    Keep going.subbed your channel.
    I would definitely welcome it if you sub back please �� ������ ❤&✌

  • Hi Kimberly, i love your channel and pump reviews �� is it possible for you to review spectra handsfree flanges / freemie set? Thanks a lot & cheers to more videos ��

  • I love your videos!! I’ve learned all I know about pumping from you!! I had to pump for my second LO because of work and I was clueless! Thank you!!

  • I know you donate to preemie babies, is this okay to do when donating or this is only for healthy full term babies? It looks very convenient instead of having lots of bottles in the fridge.

  • ❤ Love love love your channel! This video and all of your videos!
    They are all super helpful for when I will be breastfeeding/ pumping again soon!
    Because this will be my last chance at a successful breastfeeding journey.
    I have several of your videos saved, so I will be prepared for any issues that may come up.
    Thanks so much for all your helpful tips. You are amazing!

  • I’m concerned about the water being wasted in the first method.. being from a place where we face bad water crisis, just seeing the water being wasted hurts me

  • Other tips:
    *Squeeze air out of the bag to make room for milk to expand when it freezes
    *Lay bag flat as it is easier to stack/store and defrosts faster when required
    *Keep it at the back of the freezer where it is coldest and the temp doesn’t change when the door is opened
    *Once thawed, do not refreeze

  • Love these for heating breastmilk on the go! I always keep a couple in my pump bag. I try to anticipate when LO will be hungry because they do take a few minutes to get the milk warm enough, but they are live savers when your only other option is to stick a cold bottle between your boobs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CV2YXE/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_ibldEbD6TA7VB

  • From what I was told from a lactation consultant was that breast milk lasts 5 days in the fridge, 3-6 months in the freezer and 12 months in a deep freezer.

  • Hello I just want to ask after you use the Kiinde pouch you will throw it? or you can wash? how many times you can reuse the kiinde pouch?

  • This bottle warmer works share4.photo/PBottleWarmer so fast!! We’ve been too cheap to buy one and decided on this one and we are considering buying a second for our bedroom and night time feeds.

  • i have 30 bags of pumped milk stored in my freezer and I accidentally left the freezer’s door open overnight. Does that mean theyre spoiled? ��