Although my son is in elementary school, I still remember how difficult it was to feed my son breast milk. Not only did I have to find the time to pump while I was at work, I also had to make sure that the breast milk was being used in a timely manner so that it wouldn’t go bad. There were plenty of times that I had to throw away breast milk because it was too old. It broke my heart every time I had to do this. Along the way, I discovered some great tips for making sure my breast milk lasted longer. Here are a few ideas you can use too.
Put It in the Deep Freezer
Frozen milk lasts a lot longer than refrigerated milk. If possible, use a deep freezer so that you have the maximum time to store the breast milk. If you don’t have a deep freezer, you can use your regular freezer instead. Just be aware that milk in a regular freezer won’t last as long as a deep freezer.
Use a Sharpie
When you put milk away, be sure to use a sharpie to write the date on the bag. This will help remind you how long the milk has been frozen. When you move a bag to the refrigerator to be used, write that date on it as well so you can keep in mind how long before you need to use it up.
Unfreeze Oldest Breast Milk First
When pulling frozen milk out to thaw, grab the oldest bags first. It might be tempting to give your baby fresh breast milk first, but if you do that, you might end up with expired breast milk on your hands. Use the older milk first and work your way backwards so that you’re using your saved supply without wasting.
Use Mommy’s Watches
If you’re still struggling with using your breast milk before it goes bad, you might want to try Mommy’s Watches. This device has a timer that senses the temperature around the milk and lets you know if it’s expired or bad. This will help you monitor the safety of your breast milk, including if it’s good after sitting out on the counter at room temperature.