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Tips on Breast Milk Pumping and Storage


Prenatal care in Minnesota always educates mothers on the importance of breastfeeding and nutrition.

Our lactation consultants at Joy Midwifery LLC will help you find the best solutions to pumping and storing your breast milk as safely as possible.

Our midwifery in Saint Paul, Minnesota, knows that motherhood can be exciting and challenging at the same time. Here are some tips that we give mothers when it comes to pumping and storing breast milk.

Whether you buy or rent a breast pump, make sure to find one that works best for you. Find a quiet and clean place to pump at work.

Wash your hands before pumping. Pump 2 to 3 times a day when you are at work. As your baby gets older, you probably will not have to pump as often to keep up your milk supply.

Use 20 to 30-ounce bottles that have been washed with hot, soapy water. Never use regular plastic bags since they leak. When storing the milk, make sure to keep it at room temperature for up to 4 hours and refrigerate it for 4 days. Date the milk before storing them.

Frozen milk can be stored:

  • In a freezer compartment inside the refrigerator for 2 weeks
  • In a separate door refrigerator/freezer for up to 3 to 4 months
  • In a deep freezer at constant 0 degrees for 6 months

Lastly, never add fresh breast milk to frozen milk. When thawing frozen milk, place it in a bowl filled with warm water. Never microwave or refreeze milk.

To learn more about breastfeeding, pumping, and storage, feel free to get in touch with our midwife anytime.

Our women’s health services not only focus on you but your baby, as well. Send us a message today!

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