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Tips for storing and preparing breast milk

Preparing for storage

Prepare your storage containers by cleaning and labeling them before use.

Before storing breast milk in any container, be sure to wash it in hot, soapy water. You can use plastic containers or breast milk freezer bags (which are made especially for storing your milk) — whatever works for you. Either way, be sure to portion only enough milk for one meal in each container because you shouldn’t re-store or freeze the leftovers. Also, be sure to label each container (even if there’s only one), because the nutrients in your milk will deteriorate over time.

References

  1. The Mayo Clinic. Breast milk storage: do’s and don’ts.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper handling and storage of human milk.

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