Pumping & Collecting Breast Milk

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Pumping & Collecting Breast Milk

Pumping & Collecting Breast Milk

Most new moms do not need to pump or collect breast milk until they are ready to introduce a bottle or are preparing to go back to work. For moms needing to improve their milk supply, short and frequent pumping in the first 2 weeks of baby’s life can help. Once you introduce a bottle, you may want to begin storing breast milk for later use. It’s important to wash all bottles and pump parts in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher; rinse and dry on a clean towel. Be sure to read and follow your pump instructions. 
 

Breast milk storage tips:

  • Wash your hands before expressing or handling breast milk. 
  • Store breast milk in clean screw-cap bottles or bags specifically designed for breast milk. 
  • Freeze breast milk if you do not plan to use within 24 hours. 
  • Label breast milk with the date and time it was expressed and use oldest milk first. If giving to caregiver, clearly label with your baby’s name. 
  • Freeze breast milk in 2 to 5 oz portions to reduce waste. 
  • Do not add fresh breast milk to previously frozen breast milk. 
  • Thaw breast milk in refrigerator or by placing in warm bowl of water. Do not microwave.
  • Use previously frozen breast milk within 24 hours or discard. Do not refreeze. 
  • If baby doesn’t finish breast milk, do not save for future feeding – discard it. 

Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed July 2015

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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