Many women think that storing breast milk has no benefits for the child as the milk loses the nutrients by storing it. But, that is not true! You can store breast milk in a bottle by pumping it. Usually, breast milk stays fresh at room temperature for 3-4 hours. To know the exact timing and method to store breast milk, read this article. (Also Read: Tips to increase the production of breast milk)
Storing breast milk is a good idea and this is beneficial in many ways. If your breast is secreting milk you can make it contained and save for next few hours. It may be possible you have to go somewhere and you can not take your baby along with. You can store that milk and give it to your partner or the nanny.
You may not know that you can refrigerate breast milk for 3-5 days and freeze it to keep it fresh even longer. Defrost milk can stay in the refrigerator for 24 hours. But remember, don’t refreeze it. If you are travelling, you can store breast milk in an insulated cooler with ice few ice packs for up to 24 hours. In that case, you can keep these following points in your mind:
1. If you want to store the breast milk in a refrigerator, you can. But make sure, the refrigerator has a single door to the freezer and refrigerator compartments. This can help your milk stay fresh for almost two weeks. (Also Read: Tips To Provide Proper Nutrition To Your Newborn And Toddler)
2. If you have a refrigerator which has a separate door to the freezer, your breast milk can stay well for 3 to 6 months as a frozen state.
3. In a deep freezer, frozen breast milk stays well for 6 to 12 months. A deep freezer keeps breast milk fresh for a long time because you generally do not open it as frequently. You generally open the refrigerator door.
In general, do not try to refrigerate the breast milk for fewer causes. Try to feed the baby time to time or if you have to keep it stored, then feed the stored milk within 3-4 hours. But if the situation is different and you are travelling you can not attend the baby then you can refrigerate the milk. To keep the milk stay fresh for a longer time, you can wash your hands before pumping it and make sure the collection bottles are neat and boiled in water for 10 minutes. (Also Read: 6 Important Things You Should Know About Your Newborn Baby)