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Because what is in your breast milk changes as your baby
develops, it is best to use milk as soon as possible after pumping or
expressing it. Also, the antioxidant and other protective properties are most
important and beneficial to your baby when breast milk is fresh. The protective
components of breast milk decrease with refrigeration and freezing.1 But stored breast milk is the next best thing to fresh
breast milk as a complete and nutritious food source for your baby. Stored
breast milk is still better for your baby than formula.
milk can be stored and then used in the following ways:2
Safe storage tips
Follow these tips when you prepare breast milk for storage.
There is very little research about how safe it is to refrigerate and reuse breast milk left over from a previous feeding. But many experts say it is best to throw away any breast milk left in the bottle after a feeding.
Hanna N, et al. (2004). Effect of storage on breast
milk antioxidant activity. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 89(6): F518–F520.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (2010).
Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Healthy Full-Term Infants. New Rochelle, NY: Academy of Breastfeeding
August 7, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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