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What are the golden rules for the expressing and storing of breastmilk?

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ellesabe Sat 04-May-13 23:22:14

My 6mo has so far been exclusively breast-fed but will be having her first taste of baby rice on Monday so I would like to express some breast milk to mix with it.

I expressed quite frequently with my older dd but I have lost my pump instructions. Obviously I know that I have to sterilise all of the breast pump parts but is there anything else I need to remember?

How long can I keep breast milk stored in the fridge?


PearlyWhites Sun 05-May-13 00:12:58

3 to 8 days in the fridge see Kelly mom website it has loads of advice

PearlyWhites Sun 05-May-13 00:13:51

Izzybuzzybuzzybees Sun 05-May-13 00:18:36

6 hours at room temp
8days in fridge
6months in freezer

From Bfn site

ellesabe Sun 05-May-13 07:33:41

Thanks guys smile

Deearnamaternitynurse Sun 05-May-13 21:39:18

Although some will state longer than what i suggest i suggest the following

6 hrs room temp
max 72 hrs in the fridge never in the door and always on the shelf
6 mths freezer

if you think about it you wouldnt leave your own milk in the fridge for longer let alone breastmilk.

If your adding two expsressed milks together you need to leave 30mins inbetween

plannedshock Mon 06-May-13 11:58:49

My midwife said rule of 5. 5hrs left out at room temp, 5days in the fridge or 5mths in the freezer.

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