Store breast milk in clean containers: Use clean, airtight containers, such as bottles or bags specifically designed for storing breast milk, to store the milk. Avoid using containers that are damaged or have been used for storing other substances.
Label the containers: Label the containers with the date that the milk was expressed, as well as the date that it should be used by. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to six months.
Store breast milk in the back of the refrigerator or freezer: Breast milk should be stored in the back of the refrigerator or freezer, where the temperature is most consistent.
Avoid thawing and refreezing breast milk: Once breast milk has been thawed, it should be used within 24 hours. Avoid thawing and refreezing breast milk to preserve its quality and safety.
Transport breast milk in a cooler bag: If you need to transport breast milk, use a cooler bag with ice packs to keep the milk at a safe temperature. Avoid exposing breast milk to extreme temperatures, as this can reduce its quality and safety.
By following these guidelines, you can help to ensure that your breast milk is stored and transported safely, preserving its quality and nutrition for your baby.