Frozen Breast Milk: Storage Tips
If you freeze expressed breast milk, your partner can also feed your baby, for example, if you are not always able to breastfeed your baby due to work.
- There are a few things to consider when freezing breast milk. Of course, hygiene comes first, both when pumping and when freezing.
- Don’t leave breast milk in for too long, but freeze it as soon as possible after pumping.
- It is best to freeze small portions. Use an appropriate container for this, such as a special milk bag for breast milk.
- Like any liquid, breast milk expands when it freezes. Do not fill the bag to the end.
- Label the bag with the fill date. Frozen breast milk should be stored in the freezer for up to six months.
- Put the breastmilk packages in the bottom of the freezer. There are the smallest temperature fluctuations. Breast milk should be kept at a constant temperature of -18 degrees.
Thawing frozen breast milk: this is how it works
Breast milk should not be thawed at room temperature, much less in the microwave.
- Put frozen breast milk in the refrigerator for 12 hours to thaw.
- If you need it faster, hold the breastmilk package under warm running water. The water temperature should not exceed 37 degrees, which is normal body temperature.
- Different layers have probably formed in the thawed breast milk. Do not shake the milk, just gently shake the sachet or bottle to re-mix the different ingredients.
- Once the milk is thawed, it should only be kept for a maximum of two hours. During this time, the baby should receive breast milk.
- Otherwise, it’s best to discard the thawed breast milk. Once thawed, you can no longer freeze breast milk.