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Breast Milk Bottles and Storage Bags

Keeping some breast milk in the fridge is always handy! Whether you need to take a day off or you want to give your breasts some relief between nursing and store the breast milk for future use, there’s nothing easier than putting it in the fridge or freezer in a handy breast-milk bag or bottle. However, make sure to follow a few basic rules and keep things hygienic. We’ll tell you what to do with breast milk and how to best store it.

How to Store Breast Milk

You need to protect the breast milk from getting contaminated and giving your kid tummy aches. Always start by thoroughly washing your hands and carefully sterilising any bottles or other breast milk containers including the individual parts of the breast pump.

Rules for Breast Milk Storage

  • You can store breast milk in a sterilised breast-milk container for 24 hours in the fridge at 4 °C, or for 3 months in the freezer at -18 °C.
  • Always label the breast-milk container or bags to indicate the date and amount of pumped milk.
  • Never store the milk in the fridge door.
  • Divide the milk into portions that correspond with how much milk your baby usually drinks in one nursing.
  • Make sure to defrost breast milk slowly in the fridge or in water, then stir it carefully and use it within the following 24 hours.
  • If you still end up with leftover milk, do not give it to your baby later on and do not freeze it again.

Methods of Storing Breast Milk

Breast milk containers are usually made of glass or plastic and they have tight lids to prevent the milk from adopting any odours from the fridge or freezer. There are several types of breast milk containers:

  • Special breast milk containers with air-tight lids.
  • Baby bottles with a seal cap which can be later easily replaced with a teat.
  • Breast milk bags which save space in the freezer.

Our tip: Notino.co.uk also carries a handy formula dispenser to measure the dosage of formula for your baby.

Storing your breast milk means that your baby can be fed easily by another member of your household. Find breast milk bags, formula dispenser, bottle teats and other baby essentials at notino.co.uk!