minutes per breast if single pumping.
· Finding time that allows for pumping time in your day will be on an individual basis. As a general rule every three hours would be ideal. Again, it will depend on your individual circumstance.
· After pumping, wash the pump in warm soapy water, rinse and dry.
Storage of Breastmilk
You should always label containers with the date and time milk is collected. Refrigerate breastmilk as soon as it is collected. If no refrigerator is available, put the container or bottle of milk in an insulated cooler with ice packs.
· If you are going to freeze your breastmilk, leave room at the top of the container. The milk will expand as it freezes.
· Use only bags designed for storage of breastmilk, as some bags puncture in the freezer or break down immunities of the breastmilk.
· Freeze milk in small amounts, 2-4 ounces is easier to store. Also, when stored in small amounts the milk will thaw quicker and there will be less waste.
· You can add cooled breastmilk together throughout the day. Keep refrigerated and then freeze in desired amounts.
· Breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, in the freezer for 6 months and in a deep or chest freezer for 1 year.
Use oldest collected milk first for healthy newborns.
· P l a c e m i l k i n t h e r e f r i g e r a t o r t h e n i g h t b e f o r e y o u ’ r e g o i n g t o n e e d i t Overnight thaw generally takes about 8 hours. .
· For a quick thaw, place the frozen milk under warm running water or in a cup of warm water.
CAUTION: Never microwave breastmilk. Microwaving can change the milk’s composition and has the potential to leave hot spots that can severely burn your baby.
· Fat in breastmilk will separate and rise to the top. By gently swirling the milk, you will mix any fat that has separated.
· Never refreeze thawed breastmilk.