Baby Safety – How to Store Breast Milk | Parents

Baby Safety – How to Store Breast Milk | Parents


-Hi, I’m Jessica Hartshorn from American Baby
Magazine and I’m gonna talk about how you can store and use
your breast milk safely. Breast milk can be stored
in the refrigerator or in the freezer. You wanna
use a closed top bottle or a breast milk storage bag that’s
made for this purpose. You can buy either in the
baby aisle of most mass merchant stores, or supermarkets,
or drugstores; and the breast milk storage bags are sterilized,
which makes them different than a regular sandwich bag.
When you take milk out of the freezer, you can thaw in the
refrigerator or in a bowl of hot water or run
it under the hot water in the sink. You don’t wanna refreeze breast milk and you don’t wanna
mix fresh breast milk with frozen so only take what
you need out of the freezer. And the longer you feed
your baby breast milk, the more you’ll understand
how much he or she drinks in the day. When you take milk
out of the refrigerator, you don’t wanna leave it out
for more than about an hour or two just like regular milk. If you wanna warm your breast
milk, you could do it using hot water from the sink
or a warm bowl of milk. You don’t wanna put it
in the microwave because microwaves heat unevenly and also can
destroy some of the nutrients in your breast milk, so
be sure you just warm it gently. You only want
to get it to about body temperature since that’s what
your baby would be used to drinking straight from the
source and that’s how you can store and use your
breast milk safely.

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