Breast Milk Storage and Safety

Posted on: August 15, 2019

One ounce of breast milk from a mother is more valuable than a brick of gold. Okay, perhaps I exaggerated there–but only slightly. A mother’s breast milk is one of the world’s truly marvelous gifts, but we’ve already discussed some of the astounding benefits and characteristics of breast milk in a previous blog. Today I want to discuss the proper ways to store breast milk and the importance of keeping your bottles and pumps sanitized.


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the following guidelines are in place for storing and handling breast milk:

 

 

Babies are so familiar with their mother’s milk that a vast majority of the time they will refuse “bad” milk; however, an even greater danger to your baby is the bacteria that can grow and accumulate on your breast pump kit. It is imperative that you take the necessary steps to ensure your kit is free of harmful (and even deadly) germs:

 

 

It’s also important that you clean each bottle and nipple thoroughly before using it again. These shouldn’t be interpreted as suggestions; it’s absolutely vital that you know the dangers that can be present to your baby. You can read this full article here:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/healthychildcare/infantfeeding/breastpump.html