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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Do's and Dont's of expressing and storing breast milk. Before expressing or handling breast milk: Properly wash your hands The best options for storing human milk: Glass or hard-sided plastic containers with well-fitting tops Containers not made with the controversial chemical bisphenol A(BPA), identified with a number 3 or 7 in the recycling symbol. A safe alternative is polypropylene, which is soft, Semi-cloudy, and has the number 5 recycling symbol and/or the letters PP.You can avoid the dangers completely by using glass bottle. Containers which have been washed in hot, soapy, water, rinsed well, and allowed to air-dry before use Containers may also be washed and dried in a dishwasher Containers should not be filled to the top - leave an inch ofspace to allow the milk to expand as it freezes Plastic bottles and component parts become brittle whenfrozen and may break when dropped. Do not use the breast milkif bottles or components become damaged. Freezer milk bags that are designed for storing human milk Put only 60 to 120 m of milk in the container (the amount yourbaby is likely to eat in a single feeding) to avoid waste Squeeze out the air at the top before sealing, and allow aboutan inch for the milk to expand when frozen. Stand the bags in another container at the back of therefrigerator shelf or in the back of freezer where the temperature will remain the most consistently cold. Disposable bottle liners or plastic bags are not recommended.With these, the risk of contamination is greater. Please note: Mark the date on the storage container. Include your baby'sname on the label if your baby is in a day care setting. It is essential to store your expressed milk properly to maximize its nutritional and anti-infective qualities. Human milk actually has anti-bacterial properties that help it to stay fresh. Giving your baby the freshest milk you have pumped ensures its high quality. Refrigerated milk has more anti-infective properties than frozen milk. Please note: Cool fresh milk in the refrigerator before adding it to previously frozen milk. Preferably, human milk should be refrigerated or chilled right after it is expressed.If away from a fridge, a cool box, with ice packs, for up to 24 hours. Milk Storage Guidelines Time Temperatur e Where Comment s At roomtemperature(fresh milk) 19° to 26° C(66° to 78° F) 4 hours (ideal) up to 6 hours
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