Use clean, food-grade containers: Use clean, food-grade plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids to store the breast milk. Avoid using containers with a lot of air space, as this can cause the milk to spoil more quickly.
Label the container with the date: Use a permanent marker to label the container with the date the milk was expressed. This will help you keep track of how long the milk has been in the refrigerator or freezer.
Store the milk in the back of the freezer: Place the container of breast milk in the back of the freezer, where the temperature is most consistent. Avoid storing the milk near the door, where the temperature can fluctuate more.
Thaw the milk slowly: When you are ready to use the frozen breast milk, transfer the container to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw slowly. This will take several hours or overnight, depending on the amount of milk.
Avoid thawing the milk in a microwave: Avoid thawing the milk in a microwave, as this can cause hot spots that can burn your baby’s mouth.
By following these steps, you should be able to store and thaw frozen breast milk safely and effectively at home.
It’s important to remember to use clean, food-grade containers and to label the milk with the date it was expressed to ensure that it is safe and fresh.
It’s also a good idea to follow proper hygiene practices to ensure the safety and quality of the expressed milk.
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