Breast Milk Storage

Lynne - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all - I have a question. Since I work I pump for my daycare provider to feed my 10 week old. If she warms a bottle and my baby does not eat it all, does my daycare provider need to dump it out or can it be saved until later?

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Brenda - posted on 12/01/2008

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The best tip I ever got w/ bmlk storage was to freeze the milk in ice cube trays. Each cube is aprox an oz and since it is a smaller froze mass...it thaws faster. I did this for my oldest and it worked great!

Becky - posted on 11/29/2008

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I had to return to work at 6 months and was pumping at work too. We also had the same conversation with our daycare because she would dump out the bottle. I was so upset because I had worked so hard for it. I decided to put smaller bottles in the bag so that she could only give him 2-3 oz and then if he wanted more she could do that. As for the 'rules' on warming the milk, i was told at the hospital that you shouldn't reheat a bottle and it's only good after you reheat it for 1 hour. Bacterial growth can happen rather quickly with milk after you heat it. You can make bottles and leave them in the fridge for 24 hours, as long as they're not heated. My son was 2 months premature so we had all the 'rules' from the nurses at the NICU!! Good luck.

Holli - posted on 11/28/2008

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It really shouldn't be reheated. Info I have says that at room temp. in can stay for 10 hours. What I would do it just have her give 2 ounces at a time. Then you won't waste a full bottle. It's like liquid gold and it is aweful to have to dump any out. I would send a bigger container and then just have our sitter pour out a few ounces at a time. Maybe that would work better for you.

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