Before expressing or handling breast milk, wash your hands with soap and water. Then store the expressed milk in a clean, capped glass or hard plastic, BPA-free container.
Some research has raised health concerns about BPA because it can seep into food or beverages from BPA-made containers.
You don't want your baby feeding from that.
However, breast milk storage bags might leak or get contaminated more easily than hard containers. For extra protection, place the bags in a plastic food storage container with a tight lid.
Using waterproof labels and ink, label each container with the date you expressed the breast milk and place the containers in the back of the refrigerator or freezer, where the temperature is the coolest.
Fill individual containers with the milk your baby will need for one feeding. Also, breast milk expands as it freezes, so don't fill containers to the brim.
You can add fresh milk to refrigerated milk you expressed earlier on the same day. However, thoroughly cool the freshly expressed breast milk before adding it to previously chilled or frozen milk.
This depends on the storage method but consider these guidelines:
a: Room temperature. Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to six hours. However, use or proper storage within four hours is optimal.
Thaw the oldest milk first. Place the frozen container in the refrigerator the night before you intend to use it. You can also gently warm the milk by placing it under warm running water or in a bowl of warm water.
The colour of your breast milk might vary, depending on your diet. Also, thawed breast milk might seem to have a different odour or consistency than freshly expressed milk. It's still safe to feed though.
Do have a wonderful evening. Thank you.