Baby is 5 days old and I have a couple of questions about expressed breast milk...
My boobs are so engorged that I have resorted to expressing milk and feeding it from a bottle for the last two feeds as little one couldn't latch on and I was in agony. Each time I expressed and then fed it straight away. I'd like to have the next bottle ready for her so she doesn't get upset waiting.
If I express now ready for her next feed (due in about an hour), how should I store it? Do I keep it out at room temp and if so do I need to warm it to heat? Or do I put it in the fridge and if so how do I re-heat?
If I take her out and take the milk with me, what should I put the milk in while travelling? Do I need to reheat it once ready to eat or is it okay at room temp?
You can leave breastmilk out at room temp for about 6-8 hours.
If you put in fridge it can be stored up to 6 days....do not heat breastmilk in a microwave, it takes out the nutrients and can leave hot spots where the baby can burn their mouth. Just place in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.
You can also store in a normal freezer for up to 6 months and a deep freezer for up to a year.
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