Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk Safely
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How, where and when to store it
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- If you've pumped breast milk, you'll want to store it properly so it's safe to drink at the next feeding.
The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines:
- Always wash hands carefully with soap and water. Choose a clean container that's made of glass or BPA-free plastic, or storage bags made for breast milk.
- Write the date that you expressed the milk on the container, and your baby's name if storing outside your home. Use waterproof label and marker.
- Store milk in the back of the refrigerator, where the temperature is coldest. It will stay safe for up to 5 days before you should use or freeze it.
- You can also store breast milk in the freezer. Use it within 6 months.
- Store enough milk in a single container for one feeding. If freezing, allow extra room for milk to expand.
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