Keeping your expressed breastmilk
You can store your milk in the fridge for up to five days and it will keep for three months in the freezer. You can freeze it in ice cube trays so that that if your baby only wants a little none goes to waste.
It’s a good idea to label and date your breast milk so you can keep track of when it was expressed. Frozen breast milk should be defrosted overnight in the fridge or you can stand the container in a jug of warm water.
Using the microwave to defrost breast milk can be dangerous as the milk can be heated unevenly and scald your baby. The microwave can also destroy some of the goodness in your milk.
Any milk that you have expressed and do not need could be donated to a milk bank to help feed sick or premature babies. Every drop of breast milk is packed full of goodness and could make a huge difference to a baby’s life.
Milk banks collect milk and fully screen it before sending it on to children who desperately need it.
If you would like to donate some of your milk, please talk to one of our friendly team who’ll be more than happy to provide you with the details of your nearest milk bank.
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