A guideline on breast milk storage and how to prepare your stored breast milk.
If your babies are spending some time in the NICU or you’re having problems with breastfeeding, expressing your breast milk is an option. Most hospitals will have a place for you to refrigerate or freeze your milk until you need it while you are there. Talk this over with your hospital for their procedures.
Breast Milk Storage Tip: Try not to waste your breast milk. In each bag or container store enough for one feed, have some smaller amounts ready as well in case your baby starts feeding more, like they do during growth spurts.
This is a guide only as it really depends on each individual fridge and freezer and how well it works. A deep freezer for instances, would be more effective as it’s opened less often.
Breast Milk Storage Tip: Milk which has been frozen then thawed out cannot be refrozen.
You can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight or by swirling it in a warm water bath, be sure not to use hot water as it can destroy some of the benefits that breast milk provides. Using a microwave is a No-No, this can also be damaging to breast milk as well as the possibility of hot spots, which can scald a baby’s mouth.