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The antioxidant and other protective properties of breast milk are most important and beneficial to your baby when breast milk is fresh. The protective components of breast milk decrease with refrigeration and freezing. But stored breast milk is the next best thing to fresh breast milk as a complete and nutritious food source for your baby.
Breast milk can be stored and then used in the following ways:
Safe storage tips
Follow these tips when you prepare breast milk for storage.
Safe thawing and preparation tips Follow these tips to prepare frozen or refrigerated breast milk.
After feeding your baby, throw away any leftover breast milk after 1 hour at room temperature. Do not put it back in the refrigerator or save it for the next feed.
Citations Eglash A, et al. (2017). ABM Clinical Protocol #8: Human milk storage information for home use for full-term infants, revised 2017. Breastfeeding Medicine, 12(7): 390–395. Available online: https://abm.memberclicks.net/assets/DOCUMENTS/PROTOCOLS/8-human-milk-storage-protocol-english.pdf. Accessed February 1, 2018.
Adaptation Date: 9/21/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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