Storage of breast milk

Storage of breast milk

When you are not near your baby to breastfeed or it will saturate faster and you still have milk it is advisable to use milk and its storage. This way you keep the baby milk for when you are with him or for the next meal. The storage of breast milk must comply with certain safety conditions - temperature, types of bottles or bags, etc. - to be given to the child without any risk of illness.

Storage containers for breast milk

  • standard bottles (glass or plastic);

  • special plastic bags from the trade.

Storage temperature and times

The storage times and the shelf life of milk are dependent on the temperature at which it is stored. These criteria also depend on where you are and what refrigeration equipment you have at your disposal.

At room temperature, breast milk resists in the following conditions:

  • up to 4 hours at a room temperature of 27 degrees Celsius;

  • up to 10 hours at a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius;

  • up to 24 hours at 16 degrees Celsius (in a refrigerated box that has ice elements for example).

In the refrigerator, the milk can be stored for about 5 days at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius.

In the freezer, breast milk can be stored under the following conditions:

  • inside a regular freezer (refrigerator) it can be good for consumption for about 2 weeks;

  • it can be stored for up to 6 months if you have a freezer that maintains a constant temperature of -19 degrees C.

Rules for storing breast milk

  • You can combine freshly milked milk with one that is already in the freezer. But you have to wait to defrost or cool the older milk first.
  • It is best to store milk in small quantities, depending on the age of the baby (in portions of 60-120 ml). It is recommended to buy storage containers of different sizes that correspond to the portions that the baby eats at a table. Thus, you will know that if you eat 120 ml at a meal, you must defrost a container with this quantity, without having to waste it or risk not reaching it.
  • Never fill containers until refusal. Leave some space for breathing during refrigeration.
  • Label each container with the date it was frozen in order to monitor its age.
  • After removing a container from the refrigerator and letting it defrost or heat it is possible to form a slight crust on top or a sieve. Shake it well before giving it to the little one!
  • Do not place the container in the microwave to heat it faster. It destroys certain essential properties of milk and may overheat certain portions, which could cause burns in the baby's mouth. Better put the container in a bowl of hot water or under a stream of water. Milk is used immediately or within 24 hours (if refrigerated). In no case should it be re-frozen!
  • In some cases, you may find that after thawing the milk has an unpleasant odor. It doesn't scare you, it doesn't mean it's broken Some mothers have a higher level of the enzyme called lipase (the one that digests fats), which changes the taste and smell of milk when it is frozen. It is possible that your little one will reject him for this reason. You can boil the milk (at 82 degrees C) before freezing. This will inactivate the lipase, and the taste and smell will disappear.

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