After you spend all that time pumping breastmilk you don't want it to go to waste. Make sure you follow...
After you spend all that time pumping breastmilk you don't want it to go to waste. Make sure you follow these tips to transport pumped milk safely.
- After pumping, store your milk in your workplace fridge.
- No fridge? Store pumped milk in an insulated bag or small cooler. Some breast pumps come with carry bags with little icepack chambers; very useful. But a basic cooler will work just as well.
- When you put your milk in the bag or cooler to take it home, make sure that all the lids are on tight. I had an incident where I failed to do this and lost maybe 10 ounces of milk (it hurts to talk about even now). Don't lose that precious liquid; double check your lids.
- Once you get home label the breastmilk for the day and transfer it to your own fridge.
- You can safely store breastmilk in the refrigerator for up to three days and in the freezer for 6-12 months.
- Some mamas I know store breastmilk in the freezer in little freezer bags. I always thought that was a waste of lots of tiny bags. Plus it's harder to defrost a bag in warm water. The best way I found to store breastmilk is in ice cube trays. Just pour in, freeze, and put them in a freezer safe container with lid. Pop out a few cubes at a time to defrost in the fridge. Easy.