Health Tip: Store Breast Milk Safely

Wash your hands before expressing the milk

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(HealthDay News) -- Breast milk must be pumped and stored properly to be safe for your baby.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for handling and storing breast milk:

  • Wash your hands before expressing breast milk, making sure all pump parts are properly cleaned and milk is stored in clean bottles.
  • Always refrigerate breast milk and use within four days. Or freeze the milk for later use.
  • Put dates on stored breast milk and use the oldest first. Store in 2 oz. to 4 oz. servings.
  • Throw away any milk left in the bottle after a feeding.
  • Never thaw breast milk in a microwave; thaw on a stovetop, under running water or in the refrigerator.
  • Don't refreeze breast milk. Use within 24 hours of thawing.

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